Rev to undergo US conversion

BBC2 religious sitcom to be adapted for ABC by Desperate Housewives producer Bob Daily

Praise be! ABC, the US TV network, has given its blessing for Desperate Housewives executive producer Bob Daily to oversee a remake of BBC2’s religious sitcom Rev.

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The original show, which stars Tom Hollander as the put-upon vicar of an inner-city London church, won a Bafta for Best Sitcom in 2011 and has become one of US streaming service Hulu’s top performers since it was picked up over the summer.

Daily’s version of the show will retain the original’s half-hour format but focus on an Episcopal priest who leaves a small rural Wisconsin parish to take over a failing church in a racially-diverse and economically-challenged part of Chicago.

According to Deadline, the US adaptation will take a lead from BBC2’s original show in featuring an eccentric congregation, which will be made up of a loose assortment of genuine believers, a homeless man and a crackhead.

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Hollander and James Wood, Rev’s creators, will acts as consultants on the US series, which will be overseen by Daily alongside Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice of Big Talk Productions, the company which produces the British Rev. Hallelujah!