HBO Greenlights Comedy Series Deadline
HBO has placed an order for a new comedy series. The pay-cable network ordered a six-episode run for “Getting On,” from “Big Love” creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, Deadline.com reports.
“A U.S. version of the award-winning BBC Four medical comedy of the same name, HBO’s ‘Getting On’ stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash,” the story reports. “Centering on the put-upon nurses in a women’s geriatric extended-care wing of a down-at-the-heels hospital, it follows the anxious doctors and administrators as they struggle with the darkly comic, brutally honest and quietly compassionate realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system.”
The series is being produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.
“The creators and stars of the original series -- Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine -- executive produce,” Deadline adds. “Olsen and Scheffer, who wrote the adaptation through their overall deal at HBO, are executive producing though their Anima Sola Prods banner, with SVP Lisa Bellomo producing.”
Also executive producing are Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner of BBC Worldwide Productions, along with Geoff Atkinson, who produces the U.K. version.
The pay-cable network has also recently ordered Stephen Merchant’s “Hello Ladies” to series, and has a number of other comedy pilots in the pipeline, the report notes.