The Times Online today reports that “Gavin & Stacey” [is] to be given US remake.” We’d heard that NBC had optioned the show from co-stars and writers James Corden and Ruth Jones in their interview with Jonathan Ross.
Although neither Corden nor Jones will star in the US version, they will oversee production along with Steve Coogan, British comedian and founder of Baby Cow Productions (which makes the UK version of Gavin & Stacey).
The US-Gavin is set to come from New Jersey while the US-Stacey will hail from South Carolina. The geography of the US being more open hopefully won’t impact the storyline too much (NJ and SC are farther apart than Essex and Barry).
No word yet on a number of episodes, but given standard US TV timing, it sounds like the show is scheduled for a Fall 2008 premiere. It will also be interesting to see how NBC adapts the number of episodes to fit US expectations. It worked well extending The Office well beyond its UK run, but can lightening strike twice? Or, has the US television experience changed enough in the past few years to allow for a shorter-run series?
In other news from the article, it sounds like the BBC project that Corden + Jones hinted at in their interview in The Observer, is a sketch-comedy show. The two are also considering screen writing offers. Corden, who’s also set to star in a new BBC Comedy, Hey Hey We’re the Monks, and Jones clearly have talent both on screen and behind the scenes. I hope they both find a good balance and continue to do both successfully.