CBS has ordered production for Israeli TV reality-documentary series “Three” from Magical Elves production & development company (Top Chef, Braxton Family Values), who has acquired the format from Israel Channel 2′s Keshet Broadcasting, where the original show aired last fall. The deal was reportedly made possible with the help of Rick Rosen, Head of Television Department at WME Entertainment.
The show, which garnered stellar ratings in Israel, was hosted by popular TV personality Assi Azar and followed three women in different stages in their lives, looking for love. The show started off with the ladies auditioning men for dates and eventually followed them around as they picked the one man they want to seriously go out with. The original show featured a young 20 something girl, a worldly model who returned to Israel in hopes of settling down and an army widow, mother of one, looking to start a new chapter.
Israeli media outlets report that the upcoming project by Keshet, who is behind last year’s Golden Globe winning adaptation of Showtime’s “Homeland”, is the sixth format the TV franchiser has sold in the US, this time in a joint bid with local production company Kastina. Keshet CEO Avi Nir has confirmed the news and issued a statement thanking the entire crew behind “Three” for taking part in its now international success.
“Three” ended in November but returned to the headlines just last month. Gilad Fridlanski, who appeared on the show as the guy dating one of the girls, has tragically committed suicide, with his close relatives saying he was not himself in his last weeks of living and showed alarming signs of depression. The sad news evoked speculations that his instant fame from the show caught up with him and that Fridlanski just couldn’t handle it at the aftermath of the show ending.
No comment on the future production has been made available thus far by CBS. In the meantime here is the original Israeli Hebrew trailer.