NBC is planning on doing another adaptation of “The IT Crowd” for next season. Back in 2006, the network already had the pilot in order. The series is based on a British original. So, why is NBC taking on a show they have already done? Read on for the story below.
During the 2006-2007 development season, NBC picked “The IT Crowd” for a pilot episode. The series starred Joel McHale, way before starring on “Community,” which he joined in 2009. It also had Jessica St. Claire, Rocky Carroll and Richard Ayoade. The latter was part of the original British version.
But in September 2007, it was stated on The Hollywood Reporter that “The IT Crowd” was no longer pushing forward because the network’s chairman at that time thought the series “didn’t quite spark.” NBC dropped the project and the pilot episode never got air time. This adaptation was produced by Fremantle Media, with writers David Guarascio, Joe Wiseman and Joe and Moses Port doing the scripts.
Seven years later, NBC is revisiting and redeveloping “The IT Crowd,” this time with Bill Lawrence behind the series. The “Cougar Town” and “Scrubs” producer will have Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan in his writing team. The two have worked for Lawrence on “Scrubs” and were also part of “Community.”
NBC is said to be beefing up its comedy slate especially since the network already lost some of their critical hits like “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Community." Additionally, “Parks and Recreation” is ending this season. “The IT Crowd” actually has a cult following in America, from among those who have already seen the British original, which aired on the cable channel IFC in the United States. It is believed that the network could stand to win viewers with this re-adaptation.
“The IT Crowd” is a comedy series about a tech support team that lacks basic social skills. They are joined by a female boss who has zero idea about computers but is great at interpersonal relationships. The comedy has been compared to "The Big Bang Theory."
The original British show, which aired on Channel 4, ran for four seasons in the United Kingdom and has earned a BAFTA and International Emmy’s citations. It was also adapted in Germany for two seasons.
Watch the side by side comparison of the show’s British version with that of the 2006 pilot from NBC in the video below. Do you think NBC will be able to get the re-adaptation right this time around?
We’ll be keeping tabs on news about the production of “The IT Crowd” on NBC, so keep checking for updates here on Movie News Guide (MNG).