NEW YORK (AIP) – ABC announced its new fall lineup for prime time television on Thursday, including some old favorites and the long await raucous new situational comedy Oops, They Know starring David Spade, Jack Gleeson and Alison Brie based on the novel Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
“It’s funny as hell,” said ABC vice president Martin Van Shine. “It’s kind of a cross between Friends and Seinfeld. There’s a lot of hilarious banter between the actors coupled with the constant existential threat of discovery by the Gestapo which makes the show edgy and fun.”
The series is set in the hidden attic apartment over a factory where the Franks, along with the van Daans hide out from detection by the Nazis. Brie plays young Anne Frank, with Spade as Otto Frank and Gleeson as Anne’s love interest Peter van Daan.
“The first time I read the book I thought it would make a very funny comedy,” said writer/producer Max Vaughn. “I’ve attempted to fill it with plenty of ribald humor and zany situations. It’s a lot like an updated Gilligan's Island; a group of people trapped someplace getting into all kinds of funny situations. Of course, nobody was trying to destroy Gilligan and the others, except in the one episode with the headhunters."
“We’re constantly laughing on the set,” said Brie, who’s simmering sexuality and wacky, profane comeback lines make the show shine. “It’s a little adult and over the edge, but we’ve tried to keep it basically true to the original story.”
A rumor has circulated through industry channels that Vaughn has talked Vice President Joe Biden into a guest appearance in the show’s first episode as SS-Oberfuhrer Gustavo Minax, whose makes several bumbling attempts to find the secret passage to the Frank’s hidden rooms.
“You wouldn’t want me to ruin the surprise, would you?” said Vaughn. “You’ll just have to watch the show to find out.”
Oops, They Know airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.