'Commissar Rex' to go back on the beat
EmptyCANNES -- German producer Beta Film and Austrian pubweb ORF are reviving beloved cop-and-dog series "Commissar Rex," one of the few non-U.S. series to become a pan-European hit.
Beta and ORF have begun production on eight new episodes of "Rex," which will feature Italian TV star Kaspar Capparoni taking over the second-fiddle role of human partner to the crime-busting German Shepard.
The new "Commissar Rex" has already pre-sold to Italy's RAI, Telecinco in Spain and France 2, all channels that aired the original series.
The original "Rex" series ran from 1994-2004 and was a hit across much of continental Europe. Beta handled sales on the first "Rex" and will also do international distribution duties for the new series.
"Commissar Rex" was a flagship program for Berlin-based network Sat.1 but so far the new series has not been picked up for Germany.