Ian McKellen Gets Vicious on PBS

10.31.2013

By Matthew Breen

The out thespian stars as half of a bickering same-sex couple in a show coming Stateside, 'Downton Abbey'-style

The six-episode series Vicious from Britain’s ITV that stars veteran British thesps Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi is coming to the United States in a deal with PBS, which will give the broadcaster rights to air the series in 2014.

The series from Will & Grace executive producer Gary Janetti, features McKellen and Jacobi as “a constantly bickering couple who’ve lived together in a small Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. But underneath all their vicious co-dependent fighting, they deeply love each other,” according to Deadline Hollywood.
Frances de la Tour (the Harry Potter movies) and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) also appear in the series.

Vicious has a green light for a second season in the U.K., and as these things go these days, an American version is also being considered. Sometimes it works (see: The Office) and sometimes it sucks (see: Coupling, Football Wives, Red Dwarf, Skins, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here).

 

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