Shane gets an American re-make
Avalon TV is developing an American version of Shane for CBS. The sitcom's writer and star, Frank Skinner, has been paired up with Michael Shipley and Jim Bernstein (American Dad) to adapt the script for an American market.
Shane is about a wise-cracking minicab driver who is going through a mid-life crisis. Shane is bored with his marriage and annoyed by his teenage kids. They are equally disappointed in him. The seven episodes of the comedy were first shown in the UK in 2004 on ITV to average, but not great, reviews.
Avalon are currently perusing a number of new commissions over the pond. Their other comedy projects include a brand-new single dad sitcom titled Mad, Bad and Dangerous (also for CBS) and Honeymooned (for Fox) which is about two pals who wind up on a prepaid honeymoon after one of them is jilted.
In other development news, ABC is moving ahead with a pilot based on the ITV hit comedy drama Footballers' Wives and have some how persuaded Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman) to direct the pilot.
BBC One has announced the commission of a third series of Count Arthur Strong. The seven new episodes will be on TV in 2016.
Ben Miller is to star in Horrible Science, a new children's comedy-entertainment series for CITV based on the popular books from Scholastic.
Isy Suttie will host Series 4 of radio showcase Sketchorama, with a line-up including The Penny Dreadfuls, Frisky & Mannish, Hennessy & Friends, and Gein's Family Giftshop.
Catherine Tate is to return as her foul-mouthed OAP character Nan. She is set to record two specials for BBC television next month.
Tim Key, Reece Shearsmith, Rufus Jones and Sharon Rooney are amongst the comic actors joining Jim Howick as BBC Two's Stag begins filming.
Historian Graham McCann has revealed his discovery of an aborted Morecambe & Wise sitcom pilot, written by Still Open All Hours creator Roy Clarke.