No, no, this will not be a spin-off of Friends star David Schwimmer‘s recent “appearance” on British CCTV (which, clearly, turned out to be a lookalike), but an actual six-part comedy called Intelligence, set to air on Sky One.
Intelligence is a work place comedy, written by Nick Mohammed (The Martian, Christopher Robin), who will also star opposite Schwimmer, reports Deadline.
The storyline revolves around a newly-formed team tackling cybercrime, with Schwimmer taking on the role of a maverick NSA (National Security Agency) agent. He works alongside a computer analyst (Mohammed), who is deemed inept and tactless.
While the workplace is set in the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters, it may not be all that different than a typical office environment, with Nerys Evans, executive-producer, saying to Deadline, “Even though the stakes are really high for the team, fighting cyber-crime, our six-part comedy series reveals the reality is not dissimilar to any other office environment, from temperamental photocopiers to meeting rooms being double booked.”
Mohammed is beyond keen about working with Schwimmer, but the Friends actor was actually his second choice, saying, “We did initially offer the part to the local shoplifter from Blackpool, but he wasn’t available, sadly.”
We know, we know… this joke might be getting old. But, we weren’t the only ones who saw the coincidence in timing.
Sky Vision will handle international distribution for Intelligence. There are no concrete plans for the series to air stateside just yet, but we’ll let you know. The U.S. does fall under “international.”
This isn’t Schwimmer’s first time starring in a U.K. TV series, though. In 2015, Schwimmer joined his Friends co-star Matt LeBlanc for the fourth season of the British/American sitcom Episodes. LeBlanc stayed on in the U.K. to become one of the new presenters for the long-running series Top Gear in 2016.
Hmm, is this a Friends thing? Will Monica (Courtney Cox) show up in the West End, next?
In the meantime, you can look for Scwhimmer in 2019’s political drama The Laundromat, also starring Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman. Or, backtrack, and watch him as real-life lawyer Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016).
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