Roundup: MTV Preps for ‘Inbetweeners’ Pilot
Yes! It looks like the characters of Will, Simon, Jay, and Neil will be coming stateside for an MTV remake of the BAFTA-award winning comedy, The Inbetweeners. Brad Copeland of Arrested Development and My Name Is Earl fame is said to be leading the project as executive producer and writer. Oh this is wonderful! No more Jersey Shore, I beg you, please.
Deadline reports that the actor search for the "Freaks and Geeks-meets-Superbad" spinoff is already underway and in the trusty hands of Juel Bestrop and Seth Yanklewitz, the casting directors behind the 2009 absurd comedy, The Hangover.
"The Inbetweeners is one of the best comedies to come out of the UK in years," says MTV's EVP scripted development David Janollari, who earned the rights to forge ahead with the pilot after a much-debated bidding over the summer. "It's unique and bold, its approach to contemporary teen coming-of-age stories is universal and simply hilarious, and it will resonate immensely with our core demographic."
The show's original creators, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, are also slated to executive produce the pilot alongside Copeland, Aaron Kaplan, who is producing through his Kapital Entertainment, and former Comedy Central head of original programming Lauren Corrao.
Who would you pick to play Will, Simon, Jay, and Neil?
In other news: Just a week ago sexy Scot James McAvoy said that his portrayal of Professor Charles Xavier in the upcoming forthcoming X-Men: First Class film won't have a trace of its previous player, Sir Patrick Stewart. But he's eager to see how things roll between Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Magneto. A modern love story perhaps (MTV UK)
Word is on the street that indie electronic duo MGMT are syncing up with X-Factor rejects Jedward for a duet? (The Metro)
Pete Doherty busted … for the millionth time. This guy has nine lives, and them some. C'mon Petey do the right thing and go to rehab already. Lindsay Lohan says she's doing it. (BBC)
Oh you pretty thing: Emma Watson — who was recently cast in the biopic One Week With Marilyn — tops Glamour's "Best Dressed" list, besting Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley, Cheryl Cole and Sienna Miller. Twilight star Robert Pattinson was crowned Britain's best-dressed man, with Scottish actor Gerard Butler following in second place. (Sussex Express)
Charlotte Church reveals to the press some of the deciding factors behind her split from longtime boyfriend, football star Gavin Henson. She claims that his "trip to the Arctic changed him." Henson recently participated in ITV's 71 Degrees North. (Daily Mail)