US network signs Kiwi comedy show

IN BUSINESS:  Ryan Hutchings, Jarrod Holt and Nigel McCulloch of local production company downlowconcept are celebrating ...
Stephen Langdon

IN BUSINESS: Ryan Hutchings, Jarrod Holt and Nigel McCulloch of local production company downlowconcept are celebrating their show Coverband being picked up by CBS

American TV audiences may get a fresh dose of cringe-making Kiwi comedy after the TV One show Coverband was picked up by a network giant.

Adam Sandler's company Happy Madison Productions has been commissioned to develop a US version of Coverband after CBS, the highest rating US broadcaster bought an option for the script.

The script purchase does not guarantee a US version of the show will be made. However, the commissioning of Happy Madison Production could be a good indication.

The show was originally written by Auckland production company thedownlowconcept.

Co-writer and producer Jarrod Holt said it was the perfect outcome.

"To have the home of massive comedies like The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and 2 Broke Girls looking at Coverband is almost unbelievable."

Coverband follows the lives of the members of Silhouettes, a band that almost made it with original music but had to resort to the ignominy of becoming a cover band to make ends meet.

It has been taken on by CBS seven years after the success Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement had with Flight of the Conchords.

That show started out as a BBC radio show in 2004, before HBO picked it up for television in 2007.

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