Sky Atlantic has commissioned a new six episode comedy series (1×60, 5×30) from Curb Your Enthusiasm director and executive producer Robert B. Weide titled Mr Sloan, starring Nick Frost in the lead role as the eponymous character.
Created by Weide, Mr Sloane follows the character of the same name; a buttoned-down 1960’s man in crisis. Between his failed attempts at marriage, career success and even suicide, it’s fair to say that 1969 isn’t shaping up to be Watford-dweller Mr Sloane’s (Nick Frost) year. But with a potential job opportunity on the horizon and the phone number of a prospective new love interest following a chance encounter in his local hardware store, could Mr Sloane’s luck be about to change? The comedy series is a co-production between Weide’s Whyaduck Productions and comedy veterans Big Talk Productions. The series was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden. The executive producers are Kenton Allen, CEO of Big Talk Productions and series creator Robert B. Weide, who will write and direct all six episodes.
“Sky Atlantic is a place for world class artists to shine and we are delighted to have a new recruit in the form of Mr Sloane”, said Lucy Lumsden, Sky’s Head of Comedy. “With the combined talents of US director and writer Bob Weide and our very own Nick Frost, we are in for a real treat and look forward to sharing the results with our customers.”
Series creator, writer, director and executive producer Robert B. Weide commented: “Nick is not only a very funny guy, but a very talented actor. I had no specific agenda to create a show for him, but out of the blue, an idea came to me that was entirely character-driven, and I immediately saw Nick as that character. I pitched it to him, and he said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
While Nick Frost added: “Original and off-beat, I loved Bob’s idea for Mr Sloane and fell in love with this character straight away so I’m chuffed to be a part of the project and can’t wait to start filming.”