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Warner Brothers remakes sitcoms for Russian TV

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 3rd 2006 8:25PM

Russian FlagImagine a house with three single men in their thirties taking care of one of three little girls. Now imagine all of them speaking Russian. That's the scenario taking place on Russian TV, where old American sitcoms like Full House are being remade into new Russian-language versions. Other sitcoms that are being remade, according to this article, are Suddenly Susan, Step by Step, and Perfect Strangers (yes, Perfect Strangers. Balki is now Andrei, and he comes from a remote former Soviet Republic to move into the Moscow flat of his cousin Ivan).

If you think, though, that a local Moscow-based producer bought the rights to these series, think again. The remakes are being produced by Warner Brothers, the original U.S. producer of each show. Either WB is hurting for money or they really think foreign markets are about to explode. What's next? A Chinese version of Urkel?

[Thanks to Reb and Dinges for the tips.]

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Hurting for money? WB is a TV production company, producing tv shows is what they do (yes they do other stuff too.)

They have been remaking our shows over there for years, and we have taken other countries stuff and made them here too. The only big deal here is that WB is doing the work there, not just licencing out the right for them to make the shows.

October 04 2006 at 7:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This sounds like a desperate plea to get some money which will fail miserably. They shouldn't recreate old shows into a new market. They should actually put some effort into making something new and original...

October 03 2006 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, here in Argentina Sony pictures, in asociation with a local network, is re-making a lot of old sitcoms. We had local versions of The Nanny (La Niñera), Who's The Boss? (Quien Es El Jefe), Married With Children (Casados Con Hijos) and the upcoming Bewitched(Hechizada). This year Disney catched up that train by re-making Desperate Housewives too...

October 03 2006 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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