Amazon has commissioned a remake of the British comedy Friday Night Dinner for its recently rebranded Freevee service.
Formerly known as IMDb TV (which was renamed IMDb Freedive in 2019), Freevee is Amazon’s free, ad-supported video channel available to US and UK Amazon account holders through their website or app. Prime Video.
Amazon began pre-ordering shows for the service in the spring, among them a revival of American Rust, which was previously canceled by Paramount, and a remake of Inside No. 9., the anarchy comedy written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.
Now it has added another beloved British comedy to its roster, with confirmed plans to remake the Friday Night Dinner.
Created by Robert Popper, Friday Night Dinner starred Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap. In each episode, brothers Johnny and Adam Goodman returned to their parents Jackie and Martin’s home for the traditional Friday night Jewish Shabbat meal, a meal that is always surrounded by interruptions.
Regular interruptions include Johnny and Adam trying to play endless pranks on each other, Martin obsessing over random DIY tasks, and frequent unplanned visits from his eccentric neighbor Jim, and Jackie’s neurotic best friend Valerie.
The show ran for six seasons and 37 episodes in total on Channel 4. Ritter tragically passed away in 2021. Six weeks later, a special 90-minute documentary episode aired to commemorate the show’s anniversary, dedicated to Ritter’s memory.
according to the deadline (opens in new tab)Amazon’s remake will be called Dinner with the Parents and was written by Jon Beckerman, a veteran writer on the Late Show with David Letterman staff.
Received a direct order for the series and will have 10 episodes. No casting details yet.
Believe it or not, this is the fourth attempt to remake the series, but the first to go into production. I hope it’s the fourth time with luck.
A fourth attempt?
The first attempt at a remake came in 2011, not long after the show aired in the UK, when Greg Daniels, fresh off the remake of The Office, signed up to remake the show.
Despite recruiting The West Wing’s Alison Janney and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for key roles, NBC did not choose the pilot. CBS twice tried to remake the show, once in 2014 and then again in 2016. Michael Weithorn, who created The King Of Queens and is a prominent force in The Goldbergs, was involved in 2016 but failed. Series.
Amazon skipped the pilot stage and fired the initial weapon in production.
What else is on the Amazon Freevee list?
Like American Rust, Inside No. 9 and Dinner with the Parents, as we should call it now, a second season of Bosch: Legacy, which was actually renewed before its premiere, is coming, as well as unscripted specials, America’s Test Kitchen. : The Next Generation and Play-Doh Crushed.
Pop duo Tegan and Sara’s memoir High School is being adapted into a new series from Happiest Season creator Clea Duvall and Sprung, a new comedy from Raising Hope writer Greg Garcia that reunites him with the stars. from the Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt program.
Plenty to look forward to as Amazon ramps up its production for Freevee, which, until now, has largely been home to long-completed dramas and comedies.
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