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Norwegian TV hit Skam is getting an American remake

An English-language adaptation of the show is now in the works

Norwegian TV sensation Skam is getting an English-language adaptation. The teen drama has reportedly been picked up by American Idol producer Simon Fuller, with a remake currently on the way for U.S and Canadian audiences.

Skam, which is broadcast on both on TV and the web, has already inspired a fervent following in Scandinavia. Following the day-to-day lives of a group of Norwegian high-school students, it uses novel storytelling techniques like POV, social media interaction, and real-time structure. If a party on the show is happening at 2am on a Saturday night, for example, then that’s the time the clip will go live. 

According to reports on The New York Times, the adaptation – titled Shame – will feature all new characters and actors, but will keep the original show’s format. Fuller’s company, XIX Entertainment, will work on it with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), who produced the original series. Production is due to start next year.

“We are exploring all content outlets,” Fuller said. “Shame works across all platforms and that is what gives it a point of difference. We are looking to innovate and push the boundaries of how modern content is viewed and experienced.” 

Skam is currently the most-watched web TV show in Norwegian history, with its site averaging 1.2 million unique visitors a week. NRK has confirmed that a fourth season is in production.

Read more about Skam here, or watch a trailer below.