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Redheads, rock bands and rampant animals.

Israeli documentary film for children, 'Someone Like Me'. (photo credit: PR)
Israeli documentary film for children, 'Someone Like Me'.
(photo credit: PR)
A short Israeli documentary film for children, Someone Like Me, will be aired on Channel 1 on July 9 at 4 p.m. The film is part of an international series of films for children, Challenges, which is sponsored by the European Broadcasting Union.
These films are meant for children 10 to 13 and deal with problems they face and learn to overcome.
Directed by Yossi Revach, Someone Like Me (which will also be screened at the Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival on July 8 at noon at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque) is about a red-headed girl named Ofri who lives in Kibbutz Gezer and becomes worried that redheads are headed for extinction. To help prevent this, she tries to organize a redheads’ convention. This charming film will be fun for both children and adults.
Atlantica, a new Israeli series, is starting on HOT 3 on July 9 at 10:15 p.m. and will continue on Thursday nights. It will be shown for free on HOT VOD. It’s a comedy/drama about a Jerusalembased rock band that has never quite made it but keeps plugging along. The series stars Tal Friedman (best known as a member of the Eretz Nehederet ensemble) as a man who is convinced he can manage the group and turn it into a success.
The series plays a little bit like a depressed, Israeli version of the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do! about an obscure band that records a hit when it finds the right manager.
The series is directed by Oded Davidof, an acclaimed director who moves back and forth between movies and television, and who made the adaptation of David Grossman’s novel Someone to Run With. The series has a promising beginning, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops. Later in the season, the iconic rock band Deep Purple has a cameo on the show.
So many series have ended recently, so you’ll be glad to know that Season 3 of Ray Donovan is coming back on YES Oh starting on July 14 at 10:30 p.m. and on YES VOD. The series can be summed up as an Irish The Sopranos set among the rich and famous of Hollywood. Liev Schreiber plays a fixer who cleans up messes for rappers, socialites, movie stars and self-help gurus.
Jon Voight has a scene-stealing role as Ray’s father, an amoral, evil but often charming semi-retired gangster. It may not sound like a show that would be fun, but once you get into it, it’s quite addictive.
If you’re missing zombies and craving danger, CBS thinks it has the series for you. Zoo, based on the novel by James Patterson, will be starting on YES Action on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. starting July 8 and is already available on YES VOD. The premise is similar to that of Hitchcock’s The Birds: What if all the animals in the world turned against humans? The trouble starts with lions in the jungle attacking tourists on safari, and then spreads to other animals all over. No expense has been spared to create thrills, and most of the animals are real, not CGI, which makes it all look scarier.
James Wolk, who played the creepy con man Bob Benson on Mad Men, stars as a zoologist who is sent to figure out what’s going on. Mitch Morgan, best known as Bella’s father in the Twilight movies, also stars.
Rest assured that the suspense isn’t quite as subtle as what you remember from The Birds, but it does play with the idea of having once innocuous animals such as cats and dogs suddenly attacking people.
Action junkies will be happy to learn that The Walking Dead prequel series, Fear the Walking Dead, which is set in Los Angeles and details the early days of the zombie epidemic, is coming up in August.