Starz developing 'Peep Show' series based on UK Comedy created by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong
Starz today announced the
series development of “Peep Show,” a half-hour sitcom based on Objective Media
Group’s award-winning British comedy of the same name. With the original series
having aired its ninth and final season for Channel 4 in the UK, series
creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (“Fresh Meat,” “Four Lions”) will be
consulting producers on the US adaptation. 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. Eli Jorne (STARZ Original series “Blunt Talk,” “Wilfred,”
”Son of Zorn”) will write the pilot and serve as executive producer/showrunner.
“’Peep Show’ gives a unique spin to relationship
comedy – it’s a great opportunity for Starz to innovate in the half-hour space,”
said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz.
Shot entirely through a highly inventive
first-person point of view from its two main characters, “Peep Show” has
received eight awards since its premiere in 2003 including two BAFTA Awards,
two British Comedy Awards and two Royal Television Awards. The series centers
around two dysfunctional friends who share their lives while trying to adjust
to the professional world.
“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.
"I feel lucky to be working with Starz
again,” said Eli Jorne. “And I'm, of course, grateful to Sam and Jesse for entrusting
me with nine seasons' worth of insightful, darkly hilarious material that I can
hopefully pass off to American audiences as my own."
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.”