Norwegian TV series ‘Skam’ being remade in the U.S.

The popular Norwegian series Shame (original title: Skam) is going to be remade in North America in a bid to appeal more to international audiences.

The series has been picked up by the esteemed TV producer Simon Fuller, who is best known for being the creator of the Idol franchise. His production company XIX Entertainment will be the company behind the U.S. adaptation of Shame.

XIX, which has signed a letter of intent with NRK (Norway’s pubcaster), will produce an English-language version to be known as Shame for Canada and the U.S., with broadcaster details yet to be revealed.

Shame premiered in 2015 in Norway and will go into its fourth season in January 2017. The series explores a group of sixteen-year-olds exploring subjects such as eating disorders, sexual identity and religion. Shame is unique in that the episodes are broadcast live and viewers can interact with characters via social media. A weekly catch-up show on NRK’s linear network recaps the events.

The series has become incredibly popular, reeling in audiences of 1.3 million in Norway.

The English-language series will be produced in 2017 by Fuller. He says of the series that “many in the international television industry have become aware of Shame this fall, but no one has shown that they have the vision of Simon Fuller,” said Haakon Moslet, editorial director for NRK’s youth programming. He said the Norwegian show was “made with honesty and integrity for a younger audience” and had become “a leader in how it explores various channels and platforms for storytelling.”

“He wants to be true to the original concept and make Shame a series that can change the rules of the game in American TV.”

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.