Timewasters was created by Daniel Lawrence Taylor, who also starred in the series which ran for two seasons on ITV2
The time-traveling series that also starred Samson Kayo, Kadiff Kirwan, and Adelayo Adedayo followed a struggling four-piece South London jazz band find themselves transported back in time to the 1920s via a urine-soaked block of flats. It was nominated for a BAFTA in 2018 for Best Scripted Comedy alongside Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum.
The U.S. adaptation of Timewasters, which is in the works at ABC will revolve around four Black twentysomethings New Yorkers who accidentally end up in the year 1926, despite being deeply unenthusiastic about and deeply unequipped for time travel. The series follows the foursome’s often-bumbling attempts to survive and thrive in the Harlem Renaissance as it explores what it means to be Black in 2021, what it means to be Black in 1926 and the unique experience of being Black in both time periods.
HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show‘s co-exec and head writer Lauren Ashley Smith is set to write and exec produce the U.S. remake of the British comedy. The single-camera comedy comes from CBS Studios. ABC is developing the remake of ITV2’s time-traveling jazz comedy as part of its second-cycle development process.
Smith also wrote for The Rundown with Robin Thede, will write and exec produce. Lawrence Taylor will also exec produce with Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice, who run Big Talk Productions, the British production company behind the original.
Smith is represented by UTA, Katie Newman at 3 Arts and Josh Sandler at Granderson Des Rochers, LLP.