White Van Man driving across the ocean to ABC


The BBC Three series “White Van Man” is being reworked for US television. ITV Studios America announced that it is developing the sitcom for ABC, based on the ITV Studios produced series which originally aired in the UK in the spring.

Former “My Name is Earl” executive producer Bobby Bowman will write the adaptation for ABC Studios and studio-based The Mark Gordon Company. White Van Man centers on a guy who is forced to put his business dreams on hold (the UK character wanted to be a chef) in order to take over the family’s blue collar business.

“White Van Man has a great following in the UK and is a universal story, one that translates very well across countries and cultures. There is humor and drama and tremendous potential for this series in the US and we are thrilled that we have Bobby’s brilliance, and the pedigree of The Mark Gordon Company behind the project,” said Paul Buccieri, CEO of ITV Studios America and Managing Director of ITV Studios International.

Saurabh Kakkar, Creative Director Comedy, ITV Studios UK added “we have very funny and poignant stories from the BBC Three series that can translate brilliantly to the US market.”

White Van Man was BBC Three’s highest ever rated debut sitcom and was written by Adrian Poynton. The second season for the UK is currently in production.