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‘Peep Show’: American Adaptation of British Comedy in the Works at Starz

Today in British comedies being adapted for the U.S.: An American version of “Peep Show,” the nine-season comedic wonder of the U.K.’s Channel 4, is being developed at Starz, Variety has learned.

Series creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong will be consulting producers on the project, but showrunning duties will be handled by executive producer Eli Jorne, previously of Starz’s “Blunt Talk,” FX’s “Wilfred,” and co-creator of upcoming Fox comedy “Son of Zorn.”

“We are hugely relieved to hand over the responsibility of coming up with the dark and twisted thoughts of two terrible men to the extremely funny, dark and twisted Eli Jorne,” Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong said jointly in a statement.

“Peep Show,” the half-hour comedy that starred British comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb and was shot entirely through the first-person perspective of its two protagonists, won two BAFTA Awards and another six nominations over its nine seasons. It also won two British Comedy Awards and two Royal Television Awards. Not unlike with the U.K. version of “The Office,” the original British “Peep Show” has developed a cult following in America thanks to episodes being available on YouTube and Netflix. The series, produced by Objective Media Group, recently wrapped up across the Atlantic.

Objective Media Group America’s Jimmy Fox (“The Arrangement,” “Killer Women”) and Layla Smith (“Witless,” “Marley’s Ghosts”) will serve as executive producers with Greg Lipstone, CEO of All3Media America. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Ken Segna and Director of Original Programing Patrick McDonald will be the Starz executives in charge of “Peep Show.”

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