Israel’s channel 2′s Reshet Broadcasting has bought the rights for a local adaptation of the ABC hit series “Modern Family”, tentatively scheduled for production this coming year. Insiders say the acquisition of the single camera comedy has been a heated race between both concessionaires of channel 2, Keshet & Reshet, with the latter’s big ending up as the winning one.
“Modern Family” has been a pop culture phenomenon both domestically and internationally. The show, created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan and currently in its third season, revolves around three different household families and their experiences, with all three related as one big family. The series has received positive reviews from critics, an impressive rating following and has won multiple awards, most notably the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series for two consecutive years.
In recent years there have been several American TV formats adaptation on the Israeli small screen. Last year saw the debut of the Israeli “Golden Girls”, with future local versions in the works of other hit comedies, such as “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Married… With Children” – which also starred Ed O’Neill, now on “Modern Family”.
Reshet Broadcasting had a “no comment” comment, saying it does not talk about developing programming projects, thus implying the Israeli version is indeed in early stages of production.