MTV’s The Inbetweeners — a show following the adventures of four not-exactly-cool-but-not-totally dorky teens as they steer their way through high school and into life as an adult — is set to make its debut next month. The show is a remake of the British show of the same name created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, who will also be executive producing the new version.
Like Ricky Gervais‘ The Office, stateside proucers and networks were quick to pounce on the show, with several big names eager to recreate their own version. MTV emerged from the scramble victorious and has put together a remake that will premiere August 20.
The MTV version is produced by Arrested Development and My Name Is Earl writer Brad Copeland. It stars Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman, Mark L. Young and Alex Frnka.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pollari shines a little more light on the overall storyline and his character Will McKenzie:
“He’s moving from a private school to a public school and finds out that the only three guys who will hang out with him are these fools (characters Simon, Jay and Neil),” he says. “They bond together to try and get girls and try to get each other out of the way as soon as a girl gets into the picture. It’s a lot like the real high school experience. That’s certainly what I went through.”
The British version on The Inbetweeners starred Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison. The critically-acclaimed show lasted three seasons on E4 from 2008 to 2010, generating a cult following, winning a BAFTA and two British Comedy Awards and spawning a film adaptation.
MTV’s The Inbetweeners premieres August 20th at 10:30pm EST. Take a look at the official preview and decide for yourself whether or not it holds up to the original.