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NBC Eyes ‘The Office’ Revival, Will Try Remaking ‘The It Crowd’ Again

It would seem that NBC is not learning anything from the success of “The Good Place.” If you give audiences a smart, sharp, original comedy they haven’t seen before, they’ll tune in. However, the peacock network is going to try and make something old feel new again.

No doubt emboldened by the successful revival of “Will & Grace,” NBC is now eyeing doing the same for the beloved “The Office” for the 2018-2019 season.

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The It Crowd getting a U.S. remake at NBC

NBC is hoping it will be third time lucky in its efforts to remake the British sitcom The It Crowd for American audiences, with Variety reporting that the network has tapped original series creator Graham Linehan to write and executive produce a reimagining of the cult show.

The It Crowd premiered on Channel 4 in 2006 and ran for four seasons, followed by a one off special in 2013. The show takes place in the offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries, and featured a cast that included Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry.

NBC originally produced a pilot for a U.S. remake in 2007, with Ayoade starring alongside Joel McHale and Jessica St. Clair, although it failed to move forward. The network took a second stab in 2014, but again the project failed to get off the ground.

In addition to The It Crowd, Linehan’s other credits include Father Ted,
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NBC Is Trying To Reboot The It Crowd Yet Again

NBC refuses to give up on adapting The It Crowd for an American audience. On its third attempt to revitalize the British comedy, Deadline writes original series creator Graham Linehan is working on another script in an attempt to make his cult hit franchise a success in the U.S..

NBC first attempted to do this in 2007 and commissioned a pilot featuring Joel McHaleJessica St. Clair, and cast member from the original series Richard Ayoade (far left in the picture). The series never made it to air as new NBC executive Ben Silverman gave it the ax before any episodes could be shown. In 2012 the pilot for the series was leaked online and many who were fans of the original series critiqued it for not being nearly as good.

In 2014 it was announced yet again that an American version of The It Crowd was in development, although nothing has
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Graham Linehan To Adapt ‘The It Crowd’ For NBC

The It Crowd creator Graham Linehan has confirmed that NBC is developing a remake of the British comedy – the third attempt in the U.S, although the first penned by the Irish writer. Linehan will write and exec produce the series alongside August: Osage County producer Patrick Daly and Jon Rolph, who runs FremantleMedia UK's Retort, which produced the original Channel 4 series. Universal Television will produce. The workplace comedy, which revolved around two computer…
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Graham Linehan confirms The It Crowd is set for Us remake

Writer is on board for NBC’s ‘reimagining’ of the British comedy, which will be the channel’s third attempt to deliver the show to an American audience

Graham Linehan and Us network NBC are teaming up for an American version of the British comedy The It Crowd.

Variety has reported that Linehan will write and executive produce a “reimagining” of the original that will move the setup, about the creaking It department of a large corporation, to the Us.

Related: Only Fools and Horses USA – and other failed TV remakes

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NBC taking another crack at remaking The IT Crowd

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NBC taking another crack at remaking The IT Crowd
It's not always a simple task to adapt a British television series for American audiences.

For every success story such as The Office, there's a failure like The IT Crowd waiting in the wings. The celebrated British sitcom ran from 2006-2010, with a one hour special in 2013, and revolved around three staff members in the IT department of Reynholm Industries:
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Amazon Black Friday deals: Today's TV, PS4, Xbox, Bond and Lightning deals

Elizabeth Donoghue Nov 24, 2017

Great deals on TVs, consoles and Bond

Black Friday is here! Whether you love it or loathe it, there are some pretty excellent deals happening today that we have kindly rounded up for your perusal/purchase. So why not

Lightning Deals!

From 13.50 today you can get the Logan 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD for £13.88! It was £33.99 so that's a discount of 59%, wowzers.

Binge watch Sunnydale's finest as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Complete Seasons 1-7 DVDs are £24.10 - they were £ 149.99 so you're saving a massive 84%. Better be quick!

The Nintendo Switch Grey: with Mario Rabbids Was £ 375.00 Now £ 279.99.

The It Crowd - Complete Series 1-4 on DVD was £ 39.99 and is Now £10.90.

The Merc with a Mouth is available to take home as Deadpool 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Uv Copy is now just £14.53, it was £33.99.

PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox deals

Get your hands on an Oculus Rift + Touch
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Biff Review: ‘Crash Pad’ Blatantly Reinforces Stereotypes of Masculinity

Morgan (Christina Applegate) is drowning in a marriage on the rocks. Both her career and her husband’s (Thomas Haden Church’s Grady) are booming — the time allotted to spend together often earmarked for something else. So they’ve drifted apart over the last fifteen years. Their sex life is non-existent and he’s away on business trips that “run long” more often than not. Why wouldn’t she assume he was therefore cheating on her? No reason besides a level of trust that appears non-existent in a day and age where the worst is usually believed and proven true. And since he’s always been a “man’s man” brute with toxic edges she’s sought to smooth out, why not embark on some cheating herself with the embodiment of everything he isn’t?

Enter Stensland (Domhnall Gleeson), an Irish ex-pat caught within a self-diagnosed “early life crisis” who
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Cast announced for Stephen Mangan’s Channel 4 comedy series Hang Ups

Channel 4 has announced details of the cast for Stephen Mangan’s Hang Ups, an adaptation of Lisa Kudrow’s Emmy-nominated Web Therapy, which it set to ““present a hilarious and outrageous catalogue of neuroses, phobias, issues, anxieties and psychopathies” and sees Mangan taking on the role of Dr. Richard Pitt as he offers his weekly quickfire webcam therapy sessions.

Set to feature alongside Mangan in the comedy series are David Tennant (Broadchurch), Jessica Hynes (Spaced), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd), Monica Dolan (W1A), Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Game of Thrones alumni Conleth Hill, Charles Dance, Richard E. Grant, and Harry Lloyd.

Hang Ups is being written by Mangan and Robert Delamere; the half-hour comedy series will consist of six episodes, and is set to air on Channel 4 in 2018.
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International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry

International Newswire: Finland Selects ‘Tom of Finland’ as Oscar Entry
In today’s International Newswire, Dome Karukoski’s biopic ‘Tom of Finland’ reps Finland in the Oscar race, former ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies is honored, and Alexandre Henin takes a senior kid’s content role at Federation.

Finland has selected Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland,” a biopic of artist Touko Laaksanon, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar. Next up, Karukoski is helming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.

Tom of Finland” chronicles the life of Laaksanon, who, as Tom of Finland, created homoerotic art that had a major influence on 20th-century gay culture. The film follows the artist, played by Pekka Strang, from postwar Finland to Los Angeles, where his work becomes widely popular and fans the flames of the gay rights movement.

The film, which opened the Gothenburg Film Festival in January, was written by Aleksi Bardy, who
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Matt Berry

Matt Berry is a multi-talented British comedian, actor, writer and musician. The award winning actor has had roles in several major British comedy series where He often plays an eccentric, flamboyant womanizer. Best known for his role as Douglas Reynholm in “The It Crowd”, Matt Berry has performed in film, comedy and dramas many of which he has co-written. Berry is also a talented musician. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Matt Berry. Early Life The British performer was born in Bromham, Bedfordshire England on May 2, 1974. His mother is Pauline and hiss father is Charles. Matt

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Matt Berry
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about The It Crowd’s Douglas Reynholm

Douglas Reynholm is both the head and the owner of Reynholm Industries in The It Crowd. His success is less a result of his own capabilities and more a result of him having been born to the right parents, which has contributed to his host of unpleasant tendencies. Regardless, Douglas is one of the most popular characters on The It Crowd, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the critical role of dark humor in British comedic sensibilities. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Douglas Reynholm: His Family Name Is Not a Real Family Name

Five Things You Didn’t Know about The It Crowd’s Douglas Reynholm
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The Great British Bake Off: could do with a bit more time in the oven

The recipe for the show has barely changed following the move to Channel 4, yet it is missing the sprinkle of chemistry that made it such a hit on the Beeb

Related: Prepare for the best series of Bake Off yet, says judge Paul Hollywood

As Noel Fielding descends on The Great British Bake Off (29 August, 8pm, Channel 4) in a hot-air balloon, dressed as a goth Willy Wonka, a terrible, amusing possibility occurs. Is he about to infect Bake Off – the TV equivalent of comfort food – with the maverick sensibility of The Mighty Boosh’s Vince Noir or The It Crowd’s Richmond? This would represent a gambit of considerable bravery given the huge furore generated by the show’s big-money move from BBC1 to Channel 4.

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'The Tick' Star Recalls the Time Donald Trump Sent Him a Warning Message (and Woke up His Family)

After two decades as a regular — and mostly comedic — face (and voice) in U.K. film and TV (The It Crowd, Shaun of the Dead), not to mention parts in Guardians of the Galaxy (as the Nova Corps’ distinctly not amused Garthan Saal) and Spy (as handsy Italian spy Aldo), Peter Serafinowicz is finally getting his first major lead role.

In The Tick, the British actor, writer and funnyman — who also famously voiced Darth Maul in the first Star Wars prequel — has squeezed himself into the blue rubber suit of Ben Edlund’s square-jawed superhero for Amazon’s eight-part...
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Aaron Sorkin's Directorial Debut Molly's Game Gets A Trailer!

Famed Hollywood writer Aaron Sorkin has stepped into the director’s chair. Sorkin will make his directorial debut with the new film, Molly’s Game. The first trailer for the film was released earlier today. Sorkin has delivered a number of great movies through his writing, including A Few Good Men, The Social Network, for which Sorkin won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, and Moneyball. Sorkin also created the hit NBC show, The West Wing.

Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain in the lead role, and is based on the memoirs of Molly Bloom, off of which Sorkin wrote the screenplay. The movie follows the true story of a highly talented skier, Molly Bloom, who ran one of the more exclusive poker games in the world. Molly soon became a target of the FBI. Her high stakes poker games had participants such as Hollywood stars and top level businessmen,
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‘Get Shorty’ Review: This Smart Take on Elmore Leonard Will Make You Forget All About Chili Palmer

‘Get Shorty’ Review: This Smart Take on Elmore Leonard Will Make You Forget All About Chili Palmer
Elmore Leonard doesn’t make adaptations easy. The many successful films and one great TV show produced from the renowned author’s work seem to indicate otherwise, but for every “Out of Sight” and “Justified,” there’s a “Killshot” and “Karen Sisco.”

Now, after a hailed novel and two feature films, “Get Shorty” becomes the latest Leonard crime story to get the series treatment, and it’s a lot closer in quality to its titular inspiration than its lesser sequel, “Be Cool.” But aside from being pretty darn good, this take goes its own way.

Anyone familiar with the 1990 book or 1995 film will certainly recognize the plot, but creator Davey Holmes’ new show isn’t doing an impression; not on any level. From the casting to the construction, this version of “Get Shorty” is its own beast. The hour-long drama may not be the next big breakout in the golden age of TV,
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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked
A great ensemble creates a mysterious bond between a show and its viewers. The chemistry shared on screen brings with it a certain level of comfort.

But to refer to this quality as some kind of supernatural power does a disservice to the men and women who forge it. There is the talent of each individual performer to consider: If any of them falter, the whole dynamic falls apart. It’s a dynamic that requires work, too. Whether it’s bonding in real-life or being a good listener on set, chemistry is a science for these casts; it’s made, not found.

Then there’s the versatility of expanding these connections beyond just one or two cast members, but an entire ensemble of six or so series regulars. The best ensembles work no matter who’s paired up in a scene, and it feels like the TV can barely contain
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The Best Underdog Networks and Streaming Services You Should Be Watching — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Underdog Networks and Streaming Services You Should Be Watching — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which lesser known network or streaming service deserves more love? Why?

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

I just wrote about this for TVInsider.com! Recently, I am obsessed with truTV, which has unleashed two of my favorite summer programs: “The Chris Gethard Show” and Andrea Savage’s perfect “I’m Sorry.” The first is the “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” of live late-night talk shows featuring the supremely likable comedian and the second, sort of a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for suburban marrieds, Finally gives Savage a chance to carry a show after years of scene-stealing support. Originally designed as a true-crime network, the rebranding to comedy (and edgy comedy at that!
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The BBC have cancelled Count Arthur Strong

Kirsten Howard Aug 8, 2017

Series 3 of Graham Linehan and Steve Delaney's Count Arthur Strong will be its last, the BBC have revealed...

Sad news for fans of Count Arthur Strong, we're afraid: the BBC have decided not to pursue a fourth series of the cult show.

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"There are no current plans for a further series of Count Arthur Strong on the BBC," a BBC spokesman said, with a source adding, "It's just sadly reached the end of the line for now. Count Arthur Strong is such a loved character amongst the fans, I'm sure he'll live on beyond the series."

The series does seem to have been given its best possible chances, having moved
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From Del Boy’s cap to Steve Martin’s arrow – what happened to the comedy trademark?

Comedians once embraced a signature quip or look, so why have such tropes fallen out of favour?

Related: Stand down: when comics make unfunny big-screen comedies

Imagine a museum devoted to the iconography of comedy. There would be glass cases containing Del Boy’s flat cap, Father Ted’s dog collar and a perfectly preserved set of fork handles. There’d be an animatronic mannequin of Basil Fawlty, performing his impression of the Führer on a permanent loop. And on the public address system, echoing around the exhibits, a collection of immortal catchphrases: “Suits you, sir … You stupid boy … I don’t Believe it.”

Related: Alan Partridge on Noel Edmonds – ‘He is a total wazzock and I cannot stand him’

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