The producers of Little Mosque on the Prairie are closing on a deal with a US network for a local version of the Canadian hit series.
Filming is currently taking place for the 20-episode second series of the show, which airs on CBC in Canada. A format deal and a finished programming deal are now on the cards in the US, says executive producer Mary Darling.
The network has not been confirmed, but recently installed co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Studios, Ben Silverman, has publicly stated his admiration for the show.
Elsewhere, international sales are going well. The show’s producer, WestWind, is also distributing and has closed deals for the finished programme with Canal+ in France, YLE in Finland and Dubai-based Pyramedia.
The first season of the family comedy show ran to eight episodes and averaged over 1 million viewers on CBC, peaking at 2.1 million. Westwind and the CBC are now talking about season three, Darling says.