CBS has put in development Sunday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy based on the British series Friday Night Dinner. The U.S. adaptation — about a couple with two grown boys who gather every week for a family dinner — will be written by The King of Queens co-creator Michael Weithorn and former Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon.
The two executive produce with the creator of the original series, Robert Popper, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. CBS TV Studios is the studio, producing in association with the company behind the British series, Big Talk Prods.
This isn’t the first attempt to adapt Friday Night Dinner in the U.S. CBS previously took a stab at the format two years ago with Popper as writer. NBC tried it during the 2011-12 season, with Greg Daniels writing and executive producing. That incarnation went to a pilot starring Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub.
Popper’s original semi-autobiographical series, which just wrapped its fourth season on Channel 4, centers on the Goodmans, a traditional but not strictly observant Jewish family, and chronicles their Shabbat dinners. Every Friday night, brothers Adam and Jonny reluctantly visit their parents — mom Jackie, who is obsessed with MasterChef, and dad Martin, who loves to walk around shirtless — for a home-cooked meal. Adding to the gallery of oddball characters is a grandmother who struts her stuff in a bikini and eccentric neighbor Jim who constantly interrupts dinner. Here is a trailer for the British series, co-starring Episodes‘ Tamsin Greig, which features comments by Popper.
Under his overall deal at CBS TV Studios, O’Shannon last year wrote and executive produced the single-camera CBS pilot Furst Born, which is being redeveloped. He is repped by CAA. Weithorn, who also created the Fox comedy series Weird Loners, is with WME.