American TV network FOX announced last week that it will air an adaptation of Israeli sitcom "Ramzor" ("Traffic Light") in the fall, following a successful pilot. The network acquired the rights to the series about half a month ago.
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".
"When I read in the Hollywood Reporter about 'Traffic Light by Adir Miller,' I just can't believe it," said the series' creator and lead actor Adir Miller.
'Ramzor' cast. Hit the jackpot (Photo: Eldad Refaeli)
"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.
"Getting such good news these days, while working on the third season of 'Ramzor', gives us strength and motivation to continue writing, knowing that the episodes we are writing today might be aired in the United States."
Keshet TV said in response, "This is a great and honorable achievement in which an Israeli program hits the American screen. We expect to fully cooperate with the channel and hope the Americans will enjoy the series just like the Israeli audience did."