European remakes for House Husbands
The Nine Network’s drama House Husbands is being remade in France and Italy.
The French version of the Playmaker Media series co-created by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt will be produced by Paris-based Made in PM.
The Italian remake will be produced by Rome-based Publispei. Both companies will adapt the scripts of the first season.
Neither has yet been sold to a broadcaster, although Made in PM produces drama for the channels TF1 and France2. The format deals were negotiated by ZDF Enterprises.
Playmaker Media’s David Maher said, “'The rise of the stay at home dad is obviously happening everywhere and it's great when a warm, funny and relatable Aussie drama like House Husbands resonates internationally.”
Andy Ryan, Nine’s co-head of drama, said, “We are thrilled to be exporting the House Husbands format to such competitive TV markets. Just like Australian viewers, the French and Italian networks fell in love with House Husbands immediately and we can’t wait to see their local versions."
Now in its third season in Oz, House Husband’s is Nine’s first drama with that longevity since Southern Star’s Rescue Special Ops, which ended in 2011.
Rachel Griffiths, The Voice host Darren McMullen and Lincoln Lewis joined the cast of regulars including Gary Sweet, Firass Dirani, Gyton Grantley, Rhys Muldoon and Julia Morris.
Last Sunday's episode had 1.075 million viewers nationally, ranked second in the timeslot behind Seven's Sunday Night; the encore screening on Monday drew a further 534,000 viewers.