Yet another adaptation of a British television series has been sold to an American network.
ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to a single-camera comedy entitled Pulling, based on the 2006 critically acclaimed series of the same name from jolly old England. The show revolves around three single women in their thirties who move in together after one of them breaks off her engagement the day before her wedding.
Scripting duties on the ABC version will be handled by the hottest comedy writing duo in television today, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who have experience working on British adaptations with NBC's translation of The Office for five seasons.
They also wrote the feature film comedies Bad Teacher and Year One, and they have multiple television projects in the pipeline as well, including Stephen Merchant's HBO pilot Hello Ladies and the ABC pilot Trophy Wife starring Malin Ackerman. However, this project will take priority if it goes to series.
The creators of the original Pulling—Dennis Kelly and Sharon Horgan, who played one of the main characters in the British version—will serve as executive producers along with Stupnitsky and Eisenberg. This isn't the first time ABC has attempted to remake the series for American audiences.
During the 2008-09 season, ABC picked up the pilot with a different producer and writer, but opted not to take it to series. Horgan and Kelly were executive producers on that incarnation, but their involvement was less hands-on because it was their first project in the US. This time, Horgan is more visible due to back-to-back deals at ABC Studios, one of which resulted in a pilot order for a comedy called Bad Mom, starring herself and Jenna Elfman.
Have you seen the original? Will it translate well for US viewers?