Saturday, January 09, 2010

ABC Orders Scoundrels, based on the New Zealand Series Outrageous Fortune

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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that ABC has ordered 8 episodes of Scoundrels, a crime drama/comedy based on the New Zealand series Outrageous Fortune, which just completed its fifth season (making it currently the country's longest running drama).

The series centers on the Wests, a family of small-time criminals that is shaken when their father is sentenced to a surprisingly long prison term, leaving mom to take care of the criminally enterprising brood. In an effort to keep her kids out of trouble, mom decides it's time for the family to go straight despite the best efforts of her kids to maintain their small-time criminal ways.

US adaptations of foreign series don't always translate well, or for that matter look anything like the original -- and, in fact, this is ABC's second attempt to develop this series -- but for more information about Outrageous Fortune (and its astonishingly large cast of characters), visit the official website.

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