Fox adapting ITV comedy “Benidorm” for possible summer run

Fox adapting ITV comedy “Benidorm” for possible summer run

PanARMENIAN.Net – Fox is ready to go on vacation this summer. The network is teaming with Awkward showrunners Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler to adapt ITV's successful U.K. comedy Benidorm with an eye on a summer run, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. The Fox take, called The Big Package, is a half-hour single-camera comedy about a blue-collar Boston family on the brink of financial disaster who takes a Mexican vacation they can't afford and seeks escape at a third-rate resort whose bargain big package also attracts a handful of other boisterous and crude guests. The comedy is based on Tiger Aspect Productions' U.K. format Benidorm and hails from Endemol Shine Studios . Alberghini and Chessler — currently showrunners on VH1's Daytime Divas — will pen the script and executive produce the 20th Century Fox TV co-production alongside Wetdog Entertainment's Stephanie Davis, Derren Litten and Ben Cavey, the latter of whom exec produces Benidorm for Tiger Aspect. Litten created Benidorm and serves as the show's lead writer. The critically acclaimed series wrapped its eighth season earlier this year and has already been renewed for a ninth run in 2017. The ensemble comedy has won two National Television Awards and also has been nominated for British Comedy prizes and BAFTAs. The Big Package — which is in development — comes as Fox continues to eye original scripted comedies in the typically low-rated summer. In April, the network went straight to series on comedy Famous, but after difficulties casting the 10-episode summer series, hit the brakes and put the project back into development where it languished. This past summer, Fox focused on a mix of scripted dramas and unscripted (with its Mark…

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