In 2011, Greg Daniels (“The Office”) was reportedly adapting “Friday Night Dinner,” the hit British comedy for NBC. A pilot episode, which starred Allison Janney (“Mom”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), was already filmed, but plans fell through, and the show didn’t proceed. CBS is taking another crack at adapting the series, this time enlisting the help of its original creator and writer from the United Kingdom. Read on to learn more about this development project.
As reported on Deadline, CBS has put a pilot order for “Friday Night Dinner,” a family comedy that has already been airing for three seasons in the United Kingdom. The said project has signed Robert Popper, the show’s creator, to also do the U.S. adaptation under Warner Bros. TV. Popper will write the pilot as part of his two-script deal with the studio.
“Friday Night Dinner” is a semi-autobiographical series, with Popper culling from his personal life experiences in a traditional Jewish family. The show centers on the Goodmans and their regular Shabbat dinners. As it has been a done for years, every Friday evening, brothers Adam and Johnny have to be present at their parents’ home for dinner. Various hilarity ensues during their regular visits, as the brothers have a crazy old dad in Martin and a doting mom in Jackie. Once in a while, their dinners get interrupted by their parents’ kooky neighbor, Jim, and his weird antics. Occasionally, they also have guests during their Friday night dinners, like their grandmother or one of the brothers’ girlfriends.
The adaptation of the series on CBS is part of the network’s push into producing more family-centered comedies, following “The Millers” and “Mom.” The plan is to have the show on the American network retain its single-camera feel. However, as the project is still in the development stage, some facets of this may change to fit the American audience.
“Friday Night Dinner” first aired in the United Kingdom in 2011 on Channel 4, with its third season just recently completing its run. In the United States, the show can be watched on cable via BBC America. The show has been nominated at the BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Series. The UK cast is lead by Tamsin Greig, who is already familiar to some viewers from the United States. The actress can be seen in the Showtime comedy series “Episodes” with Matt LeBlanc. Also in the British cast are Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap.
Other than “Friday Night Dinner,” Popper also worked on other critically acclaimed British comedy series like “The Inbetweeners” and “The IT Crowd.” On American TV, the writer has worked on “South Park.”
So there you have it for the British comedy “Friday Night Dinner.” The show is getting adapted for the American audience via CBS. Check out the teaser to the original series below. We’ll keep you updated on the show’s development here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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