Adam Zwar, Trent O’Donnell create commuter comedy for ABC TV

06 October, 2017 by Don Groves

Adam Zwar.

Adam Zwar and Trent O’Donnell are set to make a six-part comedy for the ABC set entirely in cars, which will follow people from Sydney’s western suburbs as they drive to work.


The title is Squinters, which refers to the fact that the commuters are facing the sun as they head East.

Jungle will produce the series which is based on an original idea by O’Donnell, who co-created with Zwar. O’Donnell will direct with other directors yet to be named and Zwar will be the showrunner and lead writer.

In some respects Squinters resembles Jungle’s No Activity, the semi-improvised series commissioned by Stan which followed cops played by Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan as they sat in their car on a stake-out.

O’Donnell directed the US remake, which stars Brammall and Tim Meadows, for CBS All Access.

The US version will premiere in the US on November 12 and on Stan the following day.

Squinters will be fully scripted, unlike No Activity, and will delve into the lives and loves of the multi-cultural cast.

Zwar co-created the ABC comedies Lowdown and Wilfred and created Agony. His recent acting credits include Top of the Lake: China Girl and EMO The Musical.

Neither the ABC nor Jungle has confirmed the show.