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Spike likes British ‘Peep Show’

Weide may give sitcom a U.S. makeover

Another popular British sitcom could be getting a makeover for U.S. television.

In the wake of the success of “The Office,” Spike has made a development deal with RDF USA subsid Pangea for a U.S. adaptation of hit British laffer “Peep Show.”

Series follows the lives and romantic pursuits of two very different twentysomething men.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” exec producer Robert Weide is attached as writer and director. Show will be exec produced by Andrew O’Connor, Phil Clarke, Weide and RDF USA topper Chris Coelen. Objective and Pangea will produce the U.S. adaptation.

“Peep Show” airs on Channel 4 in the U.K.; the Objective Prods. series is in its fourth season and has been picked up for a fifth. Show is in its second season on BBC America.

The British version focuses on corporate-minded Mark and rocker-guy Jeremy, roommates who are each searching for love and sex in present-day London.

Hook is that scenes are often filmed from the p.o.v. of the two characters, with viewers seeing what the protags see. Characters’ inner thoughts could also be heard via voiceovers.

Project, which is described as in early development, marks a rare foray into the sitcom genre for Spike, which has focused on hourlong dramas such as originals “The Kill Point” and “Blade.”

British sitcoms have had selective success in the U.S. While the risque relationship series “Coupling” was a disappointment, “The Office” has made execs turn their attention to hits from across the Pond.

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