Channel 4's Free Agents remade for NBC
A US version of Big Talk Productions’ Free Agents has been picked up for a full series by NBC. The 13 part series will air from this Autumn.
The UK series, written by Chris Niel, was originally produced for Channel 4 and broadcast in 2009. The US version will be set in a PR agency, rather than the theatrical agency of the original UK version, but Anthony Head will reprise his role as the company boss in the NBC series.
Producer Kenton Allen said: “This is a hugely significant new chapter in the Big Talk story. To have a US network pick up on our first pilot is an amazing start for our US business and there is already a lot of serious interest in our other key UK titles.”
The US version of Free Agents is described to the American audience as ‘a romantic new comedy from creator John Enbom Party Down and Emmy Award-winning director Todd Holland set in a workplace based on the cult UK series of the same name.
Free Agents explores the trials and tribulations of two public relations executives on the rebound. Alex – Hank Azaria – is newly divorced and can barely keep himself together while his co-worker Helen – Kathryn Hahn – thinks she has it together but is obsessed with her deceased fiancé and actually is falling apart. Then a drunken Alex and Helen end up in bed together, and in the resulting sober confusion, Helen decides that they should only be friends. Meanwhile Alex’s co-workers, Dan – Mo Mande – and Gregg – Al Madrigal – and Stephen – Anthony Head – fail in their attempts to help him get back out on the dating scene. When Alex finally agrees to a date, Helen gets a little jealous, and he gets cold feet, so they end up back where they started — in a casual, intimate and beautifully awkward relationship.
The 13 part series will transmit on Wednesdays at 8.30pm from September and is one of six new comedies for NBC.