CBS' 'Danni Lowinski' to be the first-ever German series to be adapted for U.S. TV
CBS has greenlit the pilot for a U.S. version to star Amanda Walsh for The CW.
BERLIN -- CBS is trying a slimmer, younger version of hit German dramedy Danni Lowinski about a hairdresser turned lawyer-for-the-little-guy.
CBS has greenlit the pilot for a U.S. version of the German show which will star Amanda Walsh (Sons and Daughters) as the titular character, who, after being rejected by all the big law firms, sets up her own practice in a shopping mall kiosk. Carla Gallo of Californication will play her slightly slutty best friend and Neal Bledsoe her nemesis in a competing law firm.
Utkarsh Ambudkar will co-star as a no-nonsense IT guy and would-be novelist in the pilot while George Dzundza will play Walsh's grumpy, alcoholic father.
Emmy-winner Richard Shepard will direct the pilot, which The CW is targeting for the fall season. Danni Lowinski will be the first-ever German series to be adapted for U.S. television.
The German original, which was a hit out of the blocks in its first season on Berlin network Sat.1, stars the 30-something, more full-bodied German comedian Annette Frier.
CBS, which began negotiations for a U.S. version of the Danni Lowinski after seeing the show at MIP-TV last year. SevenOne International negotiated the rights sale with CBS.
The first season of the German series scored ratings up to 17.6% for Sat.1 in the 14-49 demographic, outperforming Sat.1's average by more than 60%. A second season has been greenlit and a third is in development.