Fox heads ‘East’ in search of series

Brit's top sudser moves across the pond

Fox is looking to develop a U.S. version of the hugely popular U.K. soap “EastEnders.”

Net has ordered six scripts from 19 Entertainment’s Simon Fuller (“American Idol”), who would exec produce, along with Tony Jordan. Jordan has served as lead writer and story consultant on the original “East-Enders.”

The British soap first bowed in 1985, and quickly became one of the BBC’s top programs. Show revolves around the working-class citizens living on Albert Square, in East London’s fictitious Walford Borough.

BBC America ran episodes of the U.K. version until earlier this year, when the cabler pulled its weekly “Omnibus” roundup due to poor ratings. After viewer outcry, the channel struck a deal with EchoStar’s Dish Network, which now offers new episodes every week via pay-per-view.

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