Taskmaster gets US remake with Reggie Watts

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From Digital Spy

Taskmaster is going to be remade for an American audience, with James Corden's co-star on The Late Late Show, Reggie Watts, becoming the Taskmaster.

He replaces Greg Davies, who has the role on the UK version, but joining Reggie from the British original is show creator Alex Horne as his assistant.

Comedy Central will broadcast the series in the States.

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(Taskmaster: Alex Horne and Greg Davies)

As in the UK version, Watts and Horne will judge five comedians as they compete against each other in a series of strange and bizarre tasks.

Taskmaster began at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and 2011, and Horne previously told us it was inspired by The Crystal Maze and Big Brother.

"I'd say the Crystal Maze [was an influence], that's a good starting point," he said. "I used to work in Big Brother in the third series, I was a logger, which was the worst of all jobs, you had to sit and watch what happens and type it into a computer.

"I'd say the original games were really good, I don't think it gets enough credit. There was one where they had to sit in cardboard boxes for as long as they could, that was amazing and comedy! Subliminally, I'd say that was an influence."

Photo credit: UKTV

Taskmaster is now about to begin its fourth run in the UK. Airing on Dave next Wednesday, April 25 at 9pm, it will feature guests Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett, Lolly Adefope, Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding.

A fifth series has also already been ordered, with the fourth and fifth runs having been upped from five to eight episodes.

No broadcast date has been set yet for the American edition of Taskmaster.

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