Slick Argentinean staple looks to make trip to U.S.


Argentina's Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas wants to bring its signature political comedy show "CQC" to the U.S. and has shot a pilot co-hosted by Dominic Monaghan.

The one-hour pilot — co-produced by Eyeworks 3Ball — features segments with presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain, an interview with Danny Bonaduce and a red-carpet stop at the MTV Movie Awards.

Monaghan ("Lost"), comedian Greg Giraldo ("Root of All Evil") and actor-musician Zach Selwyn ("Attack of the Show") serve as the studio hosts.

"CQC" — Spanish for "Caiga Quien Caiga," meaning "whoever might fall" — has been a staple of Argentine television for 13 years. It takes an in-your-face and ironic look at current events, driven by three wise-cracking studio hosts and a team of aggressive street reporters. The show is known for its slick aesthetics, fast edits and the black suits and sunglasses worn by the cast.

"It's such a polished show. It has a 'Matrix'-style quality, and it's very hip. But once you get into it, you realize that we deal with some serious issues," Monaghan said during filming in Buenos Aires.

Producers are hopeful that the show's politically incorrect style will intrigue U.S. audiences.

"Our attitude has always been, 'This is who we are, and this what we offer,' " Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas CEO Diego Guebel said. "We never made this show just thinking about the audience."

"CQC" has been adapted in other markets in Latin America and Europe; it airs on Bandeirantes in Brazil, on Mega in Chile and on Italy's Italia 1 and Spain's La Sexta.

Production will wrap in Argentina this month, and the company will be shopping the pilot to U.S. networks in July. (partialdiff)