What About Bob? TV Series in Development with Female Leads


The flood of TV shows based on movies continues this week as a Bill Murray classic is becoming the latest movie to make the transition to the small screen. NBC is currently developing a single-camera comedy series based on What About Bob?, the 1991 film that starred Bill Murray as the needy patient of a psychotherapist (played by Richard Dreyfuss) who shows up uninvited at the doctor’s cottage during a family vacation. There is a twist to this TV reboot, however, and it’s becoming a pretty familiar one. The two main characters of the TV series will be women instead, lending itself to a new title: What About Barb?. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

According to Deadline, NBC has given a pilot order to What About Barb?, a TV series based on the movie What About Bob?. The show is currently set up at ABC Studios with Joe Port and Joe Wiseman serving as writers and executive producers. Port and Wiseman recently worked on The Odd Couple, The Crazy Ones and New Girl, but they also were producers on The Office at NBC back in the mid-2000s.

What About Bob? was directed by Frank Oz, who already had his movie Death at a Funeral remade by Neil LaBute back in 2010. His version of Little Shop of Horrors is also being set up for a remake at Warner Brothers. As for Bill Murray, very few of his movies have been remade up until now, but perhaps Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters has helped to open that door. Do you have in a gender-swapped What About Bob? TV series?

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