Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Facebook Watch Lands Adaptation of 'Skam'; Renews 'Strangers' and 'Loosely Exactly Nicole'

Facebook Watch is continuing to strengthen its original scripted offerings. Today, it was announced that the outlet will produce an adaptation of the Norwegian drama Skam - which will be titled Shame. Furthermore, the outlet has ordered second seasons of comedies Strangers and Loosely Exactly Nicole.

Shame uses compelling narratives in real time with unknown actors and scripts that speak unflinchingly to a 16-year-old audience.

Simon Fuller will serve as showrunner for the adaptation. XIX Entertainment will produce.

"When I first head about Skam, it felt like I was seeing the future of storytelling," said Ricky Van Veen, Head of Creative Global Strategy, Facebook. "We're incredibly enthusiastic about bringing it to global audiences on Facebook Watch."

"From the first moment I heard about it, I thought about Facebook as my partner," added Fuller. "Facebook Watch, with its inherently social components and passionate community of fans that surround it, is the absolute perfect partner for Skam."

Strangers will return for its second season with 10 episodes in 2018. It's also been confirmed that the running time for each episode will increase to a more standard TV half-hour (between 20 and 25 minutes).

The comedy follows a bisexual woman who rents out her spare bedroom to an assortment of interesting characters.

The cast includes Zoe Chao, Meredith Hagner, Breeda Wool, Shiri Appleby, Isabelle McNally, Leisha Hailey, Matt Oberg, Jemima Kirke and Langston Kerman.

Mia Lidofsky created the series. She executive produces with Michael Clark. Refinery29 and Beachside produce.

The 10-episode second season renewal for Loosely Exactly Nicole comes after the show was cancelled by MTV last year. The new episodes will debut in 2018. 

The series is based on the life and comedy of Nicole Byer.

Christine Zander and Christian Lander created the comedy. They executive produce with Byer and Avi Gilbert. 3 Arts Entertainment and Jax Media produce.