NBC to Adapt Danish Drama Series BORGEN for American Television

     September 26, 2011


Since AMC found success with The Killing, their adaptation of the Danish drama series Forbrydelsen, NBC is looking for the same kind of victory as Deadline reports the network will adapt the another Danish series, Borgen (aka Government) for American television. Friday Night Lights executive producer David Hudgins will write the script and also work with Jason Katims (another exec producer on the aforementioned high school football drama series) as executive producer. The original Danish series focuses on the fight for political power and its consequences. It centers on smart and sexy 40-year-old populist party leader Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) who scores a surprise election victory only to discover the biggest challenge of her life is yet to come. Obviously the series, which includes various politicians, members of the media and more key players in politics, will take place in the American government and is already drawing comparisons to The West Wing. While it will certainly be hard to live up to the writing of Aaron Sorkin, the team behind Friday Night Lights, which earned four Emmy nods in its final season, is certainly is up to the task. If you’re interested, you can see a trailer for the original Danish series after the jump.