Fox TV has cancelled its version of Israeli sitcom Traffic Light (Ramzor) after 13 episodes, because of disappointing ratings.
The Israeli producer of Ramzor, Adir Miller, frequently expressed his displeasure over the direction taken by Traffic Light and the changes made in the structure and scenario of the show. In view of the show's failure in the US, Miller decided that he will not allow future deviations from the original format.
Since selling rights to the show to Fox, Miller sold rights to broadcasters in Russia, France, Italy, and other countries.
Channel 2 franchisee Keshet Broadcasting said in response, "Fox's decision is not surprising, in view of the fact that the format of the serial Ramzor was purchased but, in practice, the version of the show known to Israeli audiences was not broadcast, but was written as a completely new serial. Fox has again approached Keshet to ask Adir Miller to write a new serial personally in the spirit of the original Ramzor. We are proud of the serial's achievements, its historic win of an Emmy, and its purchase and airing in the US and other countries."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on May 11, 2011
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