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America blows on the Time Trumpet

Iannucci show to be remade

Armando Iannuuci’s spoof clips show Time Trumpet is set to be remade for an American audience.

Comedy Central is developing its own version of the satire, which originally ran for six episodes on BBC Two in 2006.

Like the original, it is set 30 years into the future, and takes a look back at imaginary events between now and then. Talking heads in the BBC version included Stewart Lee, Adam Buxton and Mark Watson.

Iannucci – who is also making an American political comedy in the vein of The Thick Of It, called Veep – will be executive producer. Veep producer Chris Godsick and Colbert Report writer Laura Krafft also share the same role.

The programme was announced as part of Comedy Central’s 2011-2012 development slate, which also includes, among others:

  • Hour-long stand-up specials from Todd Barry, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Jo Koy, John Mulaney, JB Smoove, Paul F. Tompkins; the return of John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show; and a new stand-up series Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus

  • A sketch show from Eugene Mirman

  • @Rob Delaney: A Twitter-based show from the prolific tweeter, produced by the US arm of British producers Avalon.

  • A single-camera comedy from comedian Matt Braunger, who by day captions TV shows for the deaf, and by night creates exciting adventures with his flatmate Kyle Kinane. Another Avalon show.

  • A show from the Gregory Brothers the comedy musicians behind Auto-Tune the News

  • The Burn: A topical show based on the successful ‘roasts’ of celebrities – but aimed at public figures. Hosted by Jeff Ross.

  • Untitled projects from Amy Schumer, Anthony Jeselnik, Wyatt Cenac and internet collective Cyanide and Happiness Project.

Posted: 8 Dec 2011

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