Exclusive: Councilman the latest Norwegian comedy series from the creators of Lilyhammer has been pre-bought by Endemol Shine International for world distribution.
Rubicon TV is producing for TV2 in Norway.plays the councilman of the small fictional county of Roeng (anagram for Norge/Norway) who invests the municipality’s reserves in high risk stocks and strikes gold.
Anne Kolbjørnsen, (pictured) Rubicon Head of Scripted Programmes told
If you put real people in the right situation that is something they haven't experienced before it becomes completely unpredictable and I don't think even they know how they're going to act.Tom Shelly: The idea was actually a Dutch show created by John de Mol, who created Endemol, so it was his idea that we at Endemol make an American version for ABC. Was physical appearance a factor since they are going to be in the dark for a big chunk of the show?TS: They fill out a very lengthy application of what they're looking for in love and we just go through a long process of interviewing people and trying to pick not only who will be great characters on the show but people who are really, honestly, looking for love.JH: There's no cash prize or vacation for the couples that wind up staying together at the end of each episode. We really wanted to see the answer to that age-old question "Is love blind?" The only way to really do that is to find people who really are looking for love and without the intention on money. You'll see a real mixed bag of characters in the rest of the series.