Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Popular Israeli Sitcom "Ramzor" is Bought by FOX for Showing On U.S.TV in Fall

The popular Israeli sitcom Ramzor (Traffic Light), adapted for an American audience, will be shown in English on the FOX TV network in the U.S. this fall.

The show, renamed Mixed Signals, is based on a successful comedy series on Israeli TV, written by Adir Miller, who is also the lead actor.

It will air in midseason 2010-11, a few months after the start of the fall season, on Tuesdays at 9:30 pm.

According to Ynetnews.com
The US version will be written by Bob Fisher, who served as executive story editor for the "Married with Children" sitcom. The lead role will be played by Nelson Franklin, who participated in "The Office" and "Dollhouse".
"Ramzor", created by Miller and Ran Sarig, was aired on Channel 2's Keshet TV for two seasons and is considered one of the most successful Israeli sitcoms.
Keshet CEO Avi Nir was informed last week that the series would be included on the American network's broadcasting schedule as early as this year.
"This is a huge achievement," said a source in the industry. "'In Treatment' was also sold, but to HBO which is a cable network and not to a broadcast like Fox."
"I am proud and excited," Miller told Ynet. "In my wildest dreams I never believed that this small series which we created in a small apartment in Givatayim would be aired on the most successful network in the United States. I am excited and thank God every day for this honor. 
As reported by the TV-focused website TV Over Mind
MIXED SIGNALS is a new comedy series about three longtime friends and their attempts to reconcile the irreconcilable: to balance their relationships with their need for freedom. The series reveals how friendships and romances enhance – and further complicate – the lives of men and the women who love them.
ETHAN (Kris Marshall, HUMAN TARGET, "My Family") is the perpetual bachelor. He loves women, and when he's in, he's all in – at least for three weeks. Charming, genuine and hopelessly independent, Ethan is finding out that as he gets older, the pool of women who are willing to take things day by day is rapidly evaporating.
ADAM (Nelson Franklin, "The Office," "I Love You Man") recently moved in with his girlfriend, CALLIE (Alexandra Breckenridge, FAMILY GUY), and is learning how vastly different "she comes over a lot" and "she lives with me" really are. Adam is discovering there isn't much "me" time any more, there's only "us" time.
MIKE (David Denman, "The Office") is a married lawyer still trying to figure out the male-female dynamic. He wants nothing more than to be a good family man to his wife, LISA (Liza Lapira, "Dexter," "Dollhouse"), and his infant son, but he's also trying to carve out a little space for himself. Currently that space is in his car, where he watches action movies in 15-minute chunks while telling his wife he's stuck in traffic.
MIXED SIGNALS is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Keshet Broadcasting Ltd. Bob Fisher ("Wedding Crashers"), David Hemingson ("Kitchen Confidential"), Avi Nir ("Frontline," "Phenomenon"), Ran Sarig ("Ramzor"), Adir Miller ("Ramzor") and Elad Kuperman ("Phenomenon") serve as executive producers. The series is written by Fisher, and is based on the original Israeli series by Miller. Chris Koch ("Modern Family," "Scrubs") directed the pilot.
Here's a preview of Mixed Signals, taken from the just-released promo video, followed by a 30 second Israeli TV ad for the original version, Ramzor, in Hebrew with Hebrew titles.  Enjoy!