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CBS gets busy remaking No Activity

US broadcaster CBS has bolstered the originals slate of its SVoD service CBS All Access by ordering two dramas and a comedy, the latter based on an Australian show.

The original No Activity was ordered by Stan down under

No Activity is adapted from the Aussie show of the same name that was ordered by streaming service Stan and produced by Jungle.

The original was created by Trent O’Donnell and Patrick Brammall, who will write the scripts for the eight-part US series and are attached as showrunners and executive producers.

The CBS show is being produced by CBS Television Studios, with O’Donnell attached to direct.

Actor Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and their prodco Funny Or Die are also onboard the US remake, which marks CBS All Access’s first original comedy. The show follows two low-level cops as they prepare for a drugs bust.

Jungle’s Jason Burrows, who will also serve as an exec producer, said there will be similarities between the original and the remake, although the scripts for the latter will be “very different.”

Stan will air the US series as part of its originals line-up, with shooting set to start in the fourth quarter in LA.

Also on the slate is Strange Angel, a drama series created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan) that is based on George Pendle’s book of the same name.

It follows the life of a mysterious man in 1940s LA who works on rocket design during the day but follows a strange cult at night. It is also from CBS Television Studios, in association with Scott Free Productions.

Finally, $1 is a mystery thriller set in a small rust-belt town in post-recession America. The show follows a dollar bill as it changes hands and connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder.

CBS Television Studios produces the series, which has been created by Jason Mosberg. Matt DeRoss and Alexandre Dauman will serve as executive producers and Craig Zobel (The Leftovers) will direct and executive produce.

Marc DeBevoise, president and chief operating officer for CBS Interactive, said the shows “build on the tremendous momentum CBS All Access has generated in its first season of original programming,” which includes The Good Fight and the forthcoming Star Trek: Discovery.

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