TVLine Items: The IT Crowd Gets U.S. Remake, Lost Vet to Thrones and More

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Bill Lawrence is in with The IT Crowd.

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The Cougar Town creator is shepherding a pilot adaptation of the popular British comedy for NBC, our sister site Deadline reports, with Community‘s Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan on board to write and executive-produce with Lawrence. Additional EPs include Jeff Ingold and Craig Cegielski.

As its title suggests, The IT Crowd follows the exploits of a British company’s information-technology department.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* On The Mentalist, M.C. Gainey (Lost) and Tangie Ambrose (In Plain Sight) will reprise their roles as Pete and Sam Barsocky in Episode 9 of the upcoming season.

* Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje — better known to Lost fans as Mr. Eko — will appear in the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His character, Malko, is not featured in any of George R. R. Martin’s novels.

* Queen Latifah has been tapped to host the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards, airing Nov. 14 at 8/7c on CBS.

* Bravo has released an extended trailer for Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce its first-ever scripted drama starring House‘s Lisa Edelstein. If you’re a fan of threesomes, younger men and vibrators being mistaken for light sabers, you’ll probably love it:

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  1. Ron says:

    So many noes to The IT Crowd remake. The original was just about perfect on every level. Why do we need to go and possibly ruin it? Sure, there’s a small chance it could be a success–look at The Office. But I think a lot of signs point to failure for this. The original just had a certain quality that I don’t think can be recaptured. Also, am I wrong or didn’t they try to do a US remake of The IT Crowd before and it bombed?

  2. Sonja says:

    Thanks for the mentalist news, finally more about Jane’s past :D

  3. Eric says:

    Please, Americans. Leave the IT Crowd alone. The original was wonderful and remakes tend to be…less so.

    • Reality says:

      If you and others said “Hollywood,” it would make sense. But when you say “Americans,” it sound like all of them want a remake of a cult comedy from the UK. Don’t be daft.

  4. Morgan says:

    Y’know, America, you could always pay to import the original versions of these shows. That has to be cheaper than making your own, probably inferior version, right?

  5. Babybop says:

    Eh. I love Bill Lawrence so I’ll try to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  6. Phil says:

    Pretty much thought “Ground Floor” was a lot like “The IT Crowd”, at least mining a lot of the same material. Now produced by the same people?

    Ground Floor was very funny, by the way. Looking forward to season two.

  7. April says:

    The only thing I took out of this is that Bill L. was mentioned with cougar town instead of Scrubs.
    Really Andy? Cougar Town?

  8. side3 says:

    So much of the success if the IT Crowd was due to their incredible cast. I don’t see how the new show could match it. Casting call for Richmond?