The IT Crowd creator developing intriguing new sci-fi sitcom set on a space station

Graham Linehan, who created one of the greatest sitcoms ever in The IT Crowd, is back with a show that sounds like it could be the sci-fi sitcom we’ve been waiting for.

If you’re unfamiliar, The IT Crowd is a U.K. comedy series that essentially follows a team of computer repair geeks as they make their way through corporate life. Think The Office — but geekier, weirder and better. The show ran off and on from 2006 until 2013, and an ill-fated U.S. remake was briefly mounted, starring a pre-Community Joel McHale.

We say all that to say this: Linehan is developing a new series, dubbed The Cloud, which would follow a bunch of geeks running data backups in a space station. Basically, well, it sounds a lot like it could be The IT Crowd in space. Kinda. Which sounds awesome, in and of itself.

Here’s the synopsis, via The Guardian:

Cloud Station 13 is described as a place set up to protect the vast amounts of information humanity now hoards on its devices – the majority of which comprises selfies, pictures of kittens and a lot of porn. The disparate group manning the hub are billed by the makers as being far from technical whizzes which is problematic as the technology — including a largely voice-activated ship — is unreliable.

The pilot is currently in development by the U.K.’s Channel 4 (the same network that carried The IT Crowd), and we’re crossing our fingers that this one will actually see the light of day.

What do you think? Would you check out this series if it gets a pickup?

(Via The Guardian)

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