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NBC orders American remake of True Story with Hamish & Andy

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee’s True Story with Hamish & Andy has been selected for an American remake courtesy of NBC, with the network ordering six-episodes of a show based on the series.

True Story will be hosted by The Office’s Ed Helms and Fresh Off The Boat’s Randall Park, with Helms executive producing the format. Blake and Lee will also executive produce, along with Tim Bartley and Ryan Shelton.

True Story with Hamish & Andy premiered in 2017

The series will follow the original True Story format, seeing Americans sit down with Helms and Park to share unbelievable true stories. A cast of comedians and actors will star in heightened, dramatised re-enactments of the stories.

Each hourlong episode will feature two real-life stories. A premiere date will be announced in the future.

True Story with Hamish & Andy aired on Nine in 2017 and 2018. Season one premiered to 1.282m metro viewers while season two delivered 830,000. Season two ended with 634,000 metro viewers. The show hasn’t been renewed for a third season, although Nine hasn’t ruled out the show’s return in the future.

Helms said: “I can’t wait to bring ‘True Story’ to American audiences with my buddy Randall Park.

“It’s an incredibly warm, hilarious and kind-spirited show that celebrates the lost art of laughing at ourselves … with a little help from epic reenactments.”

Park said: “I’m so excited to be a part of a show that combines three of my favourite things: great stories from real people, my pal Ed Helms and couches.”

Meredith Ahr, president of alternative and reality for NBC Entertainment said: “‘True Story’ is the perfect combination of heart, humour and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the NBC Alternative brand.

“We believe that truth can be stranger (and funnier!) than fiction, and Ed and Randall are the ultimate duo to help real people bring their incredible stories to life.”

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