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Showtime visiting ‘Camelot’

Network teams with BBC on series

Showtime and the BBC are developing a contemporary series retelling of “Camelot,” with “The Tudors” masterminds Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan serving as creative kings.

Hirst (“Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”) will pen the scripts and exec produce “Camelot,” along with O’Sullivan (“P.S. I Love You”) and Douglas Rae.

The pay cabler and the BBC are co-financing development of scripts for the hourlong project. If greenlit, series would be produced by Ecosse Films and Octagon Filmes.

Showtime has wrapped on the third season of “The Tudors,” set to premiere in April. Creator Hirst writes that series and serves as exec producer along with O’Sullivan. Season two averaged 1.7 million viewers, up 6% from season one. The pay cabler has several originals queued up for 2009, including the Diablo Cody penned half-hour comedy “United States of Tara” and half-hour laffer “Nurse Jackie,” starring Edie Falco. A comedy starring Brit funnyman Marc Wootton and gun store-themed reality skein “Lock ‘n Load” have also been greenlit to series.

Showtime is also developing, among other projects, “The End of Steve,” a dark comedy starring and exec produced by Matthew Perry; hourlong pharmaceutical biz drama “Possible Side Effects,” produced by Tim Robbins and starring Matt Lucas; and a spinoff to its long-running skein “The L Word” starring Leisha Hailey.