Linehan will write and exec produce the series alongside August: Osage County producer Patrick Daly and Jon Rolph, who runs FremantleMedia UK’s Retort, which produced the original Channel 4 series. Universal Television will produce. The workplace comedy, which revolved around two computer geeks and their luddite boss and starred Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson and Matt Berry ran for four seasons in the UK and was a cult hit.
It comes after NBC adapted the show in 2007 with a pilot featuring Joel McHale, Jessica St. Clair and Ayoade that was derided online, as well as an attempt in 2014 with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros Television. “Oh, yeah. Working on it. Don’t expect the same kind of show and everyone will be happy,” Linehan said.
Lineman is one of the most revered television comedy writers in the UK and created series including Father Ted and Black Books. He is currently working with Sharon Horgan on BBC Two comedy Motherland and has also worked on series such as Brass Eye and The Fast Show. Repped by CAA and Independent Talent, Linehan also runs his own production company Delightful Industries, which is backed by ITV-owned Twofour.