As many of the network television medical shows left seem to be fading fast, Showtime is enjoying a hit with “Nurse Jackie” and now HBO seems to want to get into the premium channel medical show business.
The network has ordered six episodes of “Getting On,” a medical comedy based on a British show of the same name. Taking place in the geriatric wing of a hospital, the series will star Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Joel Johnstone.
The original BBC version ran three seasons and was critically acclaimed, with star Jo Brand winning a BAFTA Award for best actress in a comedy. The new HBO version is being handled by “Big Love” creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer.
It hasn’t been revealed yet how closely the new series will mirror its inspiration, but if it’s anything like the following clips from the original, we may be in for a wild ride.