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'Bad Girls' remake picked up to pilot by NBC

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NBC is developing a remake of UK drama series Bad Girls.

The original show aired on ITV from 1999 to 2006 and followed the inmates and officers in a women's prison.

Debra Stephenson, Jack Ellis and Linda Henry were among the actors to appear on the show, which ended after eight series.

A US adaptation, from Shameless showrunner John Wells, has now been picked up to pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wells will executive produce alongside Andrew Stearn and Nancy Pimental, as well as a team of British producers from Shed Media.

FX previously developed a US remake of Bad Girls in 2006, but the project was later abandoned. An HBO adaptation, with creative input from True Blood's Alan Ball, was also scrapped in 2008.

In addition to the Bad Girls remake, Wells has also sold a pilot to Fox for the 2012-13 television season.

Prodigy Bully - written by Glee actor Mike O'Malley - focuses on a young boy genius who uses his brains and brawn to manipulate others.

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