American TV giant, NBC, will produce an American version of True Story with Hamish & Andy. The announcement comes after a deal was made between the network and the Aussie comedians. The American version, like the Australian original, will feature high budget re-enactments of true stories told by ordinary people. The Australian series debuted in 2017 and ran for two seasons, before Hamish & Andy chose to focus on other projects.

Hamish and Andy
Much-loved Aussie comedians, Hamish Blake & Andy Lee, will oversee the American version of True Story

While Hamish & Andy presented the Australian series, actors Ed Helms and Randall Park will take the reigns for the American spin-off. Helms is best known for starring in The Hangover series and the American version of The Office. Park is also a well-known comic actor, starring in the sitcom, Fresh Off The Boat. Hamish & Andy will serve as executive producers on the show, along with Helms and frequent collaborator, Ryan Shelton.

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

“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 re-enactments.”

NBC thrilled at Hamish & Andy deal

NBC, the network responsible for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace and Friends, has an extensive history of comedy broadcasting. They are looking forward to re-working True Story for the American market.

“True Story is the perfect combination of heart, humour and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the NBC Alternative brand,” said Meredith Ahr, President of NBC Entertainment’s Alternative and Reality Group.

“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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There is no word as to when the series will air, with TV Blackbox reporting that the series’ producers are still in the process of searching for participants.