Peep Show: fifth US attempt to remake hit comedy series under way

The long-running British comedy series Peep Show is set to be remade in the US.

The Emmy-nominated Atlanta writer Stefani Robinson will act as writer and exec producer for the series which will air on FX. It will use the same narrative format as the original, which showed events through the eyes of its two leads, but will be headed up by two female characters.

According to FX, the series “follows the relationship between a long-suffering assistant and her boss, an emotionally unstable tech entrepreneur”. A pilot has been ordered with any further episodes to be decided on after.

The original’s co-creators, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, will act as executive producers. As well as Peep Show, the pair wrote hit sitcom Fresh Meat and acclaimed satire Four Lions, and Armstrong has since become the Emmy-winning creator of Succession.

It will mark the fifth attempt to remake Peep Show stateside. In 2005, Fox cast Johnny Galecki in the lead of a pilot that wasn’t picked up before Spike TV developed another in 2008, set to be written by Armstrong and Bain, but it never came to fruition. There was another attempt by Starz in 2016 and most recently, in 2019 FX tried again with Community writer Karey Dornetto.

Peep Show became Channel 4’s longest-running comedy starting in 2003 and ending in 2015. It starred David Mitchell and Robert Webb and also featured Olivia Colman in an early role. Mitchell and Webb said in a 2021 interview that they would consider a new series when they are in their 60s.

Robinson’s credits also include What We Do in the Shadows and Fargo. She also wrote the script for music biopic Chevalier, starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. The film premiered at this year’s Toronto film festival and will be released in 2023.

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