Two new original series are in the pipeline at BBC America, which has announced the launch of its first development slate, Multichannel News reports.
The series have the working titles “Would You Rather With Graham Norton” and “Hard Drive With Richard Hammond.”
Network General Manager Perry Simon said in a press release that the pickups of the two unscripted shows are "just the start. Our development team, Richard De Croce, Rachel Smith and Erin Jontow, is already working on the next raft of titles, including BBC America’s first original scripted series."
The report adds: “Simon’s first original series pickup on the unscripted side features well-known host and comedian Graham Norton. ‘Would You Rather With Graham Norton’ (13 30-minute episodes) is a new original comedy game show that tests the wits of the best U.S. comics. Shot in New York, it’s produced by So Television and executive produced by Norton, Graham Stuart and Jim Biederman. It will premiere later this year as part of BBC America’s recently launched comedy franchise, The Ministry of Laughs.”
Commenting on the other show, the story says: “’Top Gear’ host Richard Hammond will star in a brand-new original series called ‘Hard Drive With Richard Hammond’ (6 one-hour episodes). Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and based on the BBC format ‘World’s Toughest Driving Tests,’ it features Hammond traveling the U.S. and competing with local experts driving some of America’s toughest and most extraordinary vehicles. Executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions are Rob Fox, Elli Hakami and Jane Tranter.”