Local sitcom ‘Ramzor’ nominated for international Emmy

The award show will be held in New York on November 22nd; reality show ‘Connected’ licensed to US production company.

Ramzor 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Ramzor 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Local TV sitcom ‘Ramzor’ (Traffic Light) appears to have no red lights.
Months after the hit Channel 2 series starring Adir Miller was picked up by 20th Century Fox TV in the US to be adapted for the American screen, it has now been nominated for an International Emmy award for best comedy.
According to a press release from the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences, a panel of 700 judges from 50 countries chose the series – a joint production of Kuperman Productions and Keshet – which will compete against ‘Los Simuladores’ from Mexico, ‘Peep Show’ from the UK and ‘Talok Hok Chak’ from Thailand.
The winners will be announced at the Emmy Awards in New York on November 22.
The US version of Ramzor is slated to begin filming in the US next month under the name ‘Traffic Lights.’ Penned by Wedding Crashers writer Bob Fisher, the US version of the show will follow the same premise as Ramzor – focusing on three longtime friends whose romantic relationships with the women in their lives are all at different stages.
“We were totally surprised by this, because we didn’t know Keshet had submitted the show as a candidate,” Miller, who also co-created the show, told Haaretz.
“We never imagined the show would reach these dimensions,” added writer Ran Sarig.
In another instance of an Israeli TV show making waves abroad, the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Monday that US reality production house Stone & Co. has acquired the domestic rights to ‘Connected,’ (Mechubarot) the HOT reality show broadcast on Channel 3, in which five women are given cameras to document their relationships with their significant others.
“It’s breakthrough television,” said producer Scott Stone who is planning to pitch the show to US networks. “It’s a way of doing user-generated video in a TV show that’s never been done before; you get things that you never thought you’d see. It’s like if you were to give Candace Bushnell a camera before ‘Sex and the City.’” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
The series, created by Ram Landes and Doron Tsabari, recently began airing its second season using five men.