Mark Gordon To Remake Brit Sitcom White Van Man For ABC

By Jessica Grabert 2011-10-17 15:25:59 discussion comments
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ABC is revving its engines to recreate a British sitcom. While an American company snagging an idea from a U.K. show and recreate it for American audiences is unsurprising, the show they have chosen does come as a bit of a surprise. Usually a TV program will need a cult following or at least a couple of successful seasons before a U.S. network will nab it, but ABC is preparing to re-make White Van Man, after only one season has been created.

Granted, that one season was wildly successful. When White Van Man was first aired on BBC Three this year, it became the network’s highest ever rated debut sitcom. According to THR, the U.S. version will be produced by ITV Studios in a partnership with the Mark Gordon Co. My Name is Earl’s Bobby Bowman is set to write the project.

I haven’t seen Season 1 of White Van Man, which follows a man named Ollie who puts his dreams on hold to take over the family business. Sounds a little similar to the upcoming TBS project Sullivan and Son. Regardless, Mark Gordon is just a sicko for hot projects, includingGrey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. Plus, Bowman has been writing for over a decade, working as a staff writer on Family Guy and moving forward as a writer and producer on Yes, Dear, a show that is funnier than it should be, as well as My Name is Earl and Raising Hope. Remake or no, I’ll be down to check it out.
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