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'Have I Got News for You' records US pilot for TBS

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Have I Got News for You has recorded a pilot for a US version.

The BBC panel show may be commissioned if bosses at the Time Warner-owned TBS cable channel receive it well, reports The Sun.

William Hague presenting Have I Got News for You

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[Politician William Hague appears as a guest host on the BBC's 'Have I Got News for You']

Producer Jimmy Mulville hoped it would be "third time lucky" for the panel show, as it has tried twice before to be picked by US networks.

If commissioned, the show would be one of the first British panel shows to find success in America, as the popular UK format has so far never found a wide audience in the US.

Mulville revealed on his Twitter account that the pilot was being filmed, and also confirmed the names of the host and team captains.

Sherrod Small

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Michael Ian Black

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[Left: Sherrod Small / Right: Michael Ian Black]

US stand-up comedian Sam Seder - who previously hosted a Have I Got News for You pilot for NBC - took the role of host in the pilot, with Chris Rock's cousin Sherrod Small and Run Fatboy Run co-writer Michael Ian Black as team captains.

Mulville also responded to queries from viewers over whether the US version would be aired in the UK.

"No, it's an unbroadcast pilot for TBS. If it gets a series, maybe." he said.

He later tweeted: "About to fly back from NYC after US pilot of #HIGNFY.@SamSeder host and team capts @michaelianblack and @sherrodsmall all brilliant."

The UK version of the panel show, with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop as team captains, has been aired by the BBC since it launched in 1990.

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