Shooting stars

US to remake Suburban Shootout

Channel Five comedy Suburban Shootout is to be remade for American TV.

The prestigious HBO network bought the rights to the show, described as Britain’s answer to Desperate Housewives, after saying it would be perfect for US viewers.

American writer Michelle Ashford will now work on adapting the scripts into a pilot episode.

Laurence Bowen, head of comedy at Feelgood Fiction, which made the UK original, told trade journal Broadcast: ‘From a US TV point of view the idea was very approachable. The perfect suburban world is part of the American dream, so we had a lot of interest.

‘HBO particularly liked the idea of going behind appearances and finding something else going on.’

Meanwhile, the creators of Suburban Shootout, Gary James Martin and Roger Beckett, have landed a separate US deal.

The have won a commission from the CBS network to write a pilot of their idea, Guru, about an extreme life coach. It was pitched as ‘a Frasier for the 21st century’.

Filming is currently under way on the second series of Suburban Shootout for Five and Paramount Comedy.

Published: 28 Sep 2006

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