Despite a failed pilot back in 2006, another attempt is being made at adapting beloved British sitcom “The IT Crowd” for the United States.
Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Spin City”) along with “Community” executive producers Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan are shepherding the new multi-camera series adaptation which Warner Bros. TV will produce.
The project has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Funnily enough, NBC was the network behind the original failed attempt at a remake which starred Joel McHale and original series transplant Richard Ayoade.
Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson starred in the original series which ran from 2006-2010 and was wrapped up with a one-off special that aired in December last year. It won numerous awards for its sharp writing and performances.
The show followed two male geeks and their new female manager working in the IT department of the London offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries. Further characters came in including Reynholm Industries’ founder Denholm and his womanising son Douglas, along with Noel Fielding’s goth character Richmond Avenal.
Creator Graham Linehan penned the entire series alone, and the show was filmed before a live studio audience which was in stark contrast to other British comedies of the time which had adopted the more common, fly-on-the-wall single camera approach used these days.