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HAMISH AND ANDY sell format to big U.S. broadcaster

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  Hamish & Andy  have sold the  True Stories  format to NBC  PHOTO: Nine
Hamish & Andy have sold the True Stories format to NBC PHOTO: Nine

It’s official: there is nothing HAMISH & ANDY can’t do! Today Australia’s biggest comedy duo are celebrating a deal with NBC television which will see local hit TRUE STORIES be remade for the American market.

The US version will star Ed Helms (“The Office,” “The Hangover”) and Randall Park (“Fresh Off the Boat,” “Always Be My Maybe”) in the roles made famous by Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.

“I can’t wait to bring ‘True Story’ to American audiences with my buddy, Randall Park,” Helms said. “It’s an incredibly warm, hilarious and kind-spirited show that celebrates the lost art of laughing at ourselves … with a little help from epic re-enactments.”

  Ed Helms   PHOTO: USA Today
Ed Helms PHOTO: USA Today

It’s still early days in the production and producers are currently searching for ‘everyday’ people to tell their stories. 

“I’m so excited to be a part of a show that combines three of my favourite things: great stories from real people, my pal Ed Helms, and couches,” Park said.

  Randall Park   PHOTO: UCLA
Randall Park PHOTO: UCLA

Hamish and Andy will serve as Executive Producers on the show along with Tim Bartley, Ryan Shelton, Ed Helms, Mike Falbo and Nicolle Yaron, who will also be the showrunner.

When the show first launched in 2017 it drew an impressive 1.282 million viewers. After two seasons Lee and Blake turned their attention to Hamish & Andy’s Perfect Holiday, still with the Nine Network.

Bosses at NBC are sure to be looking at Hamish & Andy’s back catalogue if True Stories proves to be a hit.

‘True Story’ is the perfect combination of heart, humour and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the NBC Alternative brand,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We believe that truth can be stranger (and funnier!) than fiction, and Ed and Randall are the ultimate duo to help real people bring their incredible stories to life.”

 

LISTEN TO ANDY LEE TALK ABOUT HIS FAILURES AND HIS PATH TO SUCCESS HERE


Robert McKnighthttps://tvblackbox.com.au/robert-mcknight/
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph. "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail. Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE BEN, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.
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