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by Alison Willmore
July 5, 2012 4:26 PM
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The Pilot for the American Remake of 'The IT Crowd' is Online

The pilot for NBC's never-aired US version of "The IT Crowd" has been leaked (at least for now) onto YouTube, notes Splitsider. Update: And now it's down, though there's still a version on DailyMotion -- see below.

The original UK series ran on Channel 4 and was the creation of Graham Linehan, who's also responsible for "Father Ted" and "Black Books."

The British series was a winningly geeky sitcom about the IT department at Reynholm Industries, an upscale company with an incomprehensible business model, and included gags about the Armin Meiwes German cannibalism incident and a website created to help the hopelessly sports ignorant fake knowledgable conversations about last night's game. It was very funny, and among others starred Richard Ayoade and Chris O'Dowd, whose stars have since been on a rise in the world of film (Ayoade, in addition to acting, directed last year's "Submarine").

The US version, which you can watch below, has Ayoade back in the part of Moss and the not nearly nerdy enough Joel McHale taking on the role of Roy, originated by O'Dowd. This pilot was filmed back in 2007 and was actually greenlit by NBC until being killed off by new chairman Ben Silverman. The episode below doesn't work nearly as well as the UK version, but is an interesting look at what might have been -- McHale, of course, ended up in "Community" not long after, while Ayoade will next be seen in the Ben Stiller comedy "The Watch."

4 Comments

  • T.S. | March 25, 2013 7:27 PMReply

    I would choose not Joel McHale (the Soup), but Danny McBride (Yopur Highness) for the role of Roy!!!! They would be a perfect match with Ayoade as Moss

  • T.S. | March 25, 2013 7:34 PM

    female lead role - Melora Hardin (Jan Levinson - the Office)
    the chef - Ken Jeong (Hangover)

  • Emily | March 25, 2013 6:04 PMReply

    It wasn't great but with a few changes it could have potential. Moss was of course great and Roy was ok but has room to improve, which I'm sure that Joel McHale could do, but Jen NEEDS to be replaced if the show has any hope of being successful. Jessica St. Clair just doesn't have the acting style that works with a sitcom. I think this could be a really successful show in the US especially for people who haven seen the British version and have have nothing to compare it to. There were particular jokes that weren't in the British version that I found to be quit funny (I.E. the new coffee maker. In the end it's not the original but with a few changes it could develope a good fan base. Hey I would watch it as long as they re cast Jen.

  • brian | September 25, 2012 7:04 PMReply

    if they don´t bring matt berry... It´s not gonna work