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Will Chris be too busy for US version of Moone Boy?

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

Published 27/06/2013 | 08:23

Chris O'Dowd
Chris O'Dowd
Chris O'Dowd may be too busy to feature in the US version of Moone Boy
The Sky One show has become a runaway hit
Chris and wife Dawn Porter

Moone Boy is heading for the States, but star Chris O'Dowd mightn't have the time to do both.

A US version of hit Irish comedy Moone Boy is in development.

However Chris O'Dowd, who stars in the Sky One series and also wrote it, told the Herald he is not sure whether he will be in US version.

The Roscommon man said the commitment required for such a series in America could be too much.

"It would have to be on Network TV and the commitment to doing something like that on American TV is crazy. You have to sign for seven years, and make 22 episodes, that's six months of your life for seven years," he told the Herald. But he is keen his sitcom doesn't make the same mistakes that saw other sitcoms popular in the UK, flop in the US.

"What you need to do is make a show with the same essence. The first four episodes of the US Office flopped because it was too like the UK show.

"What you need to make is a sitcom with the same essence as the European show. I don't know much more than that, if I did I'd be a millionaire," he said.

The Bridesmaids actor was in Dublin yesterday launching the Arthur Guinness Projects, a new cultural initiative that will champion people with new ideas and invest ¿3m in projects across Ireland.

The actor, who is a member of the panel judging submissions, said he was well used to receiving scripts from budding comedy writers. "They usually have a cover note on them saying "this script is a mix of Father Ted and The Office"-- the two most popular sitcoms in history, but what you find between the covers instead is barely legible.

"Comedy writing isn't easy but we're not expecting the stuff we get to be published," he said.

The writer/director will be checking out submissions as he gets ready to shoot the third series of his sitcom Moone Boy in which he has offered a part to TV legend Terry Wogan.

For more information, check out www.arthurguinnessprojects.com

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