Israeli Sitcom Gets Pilot Script Order at ABC

12:41 AM PST 08/26/2014 by Scott Roxborough
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'The Goldbergs' producer Matt Tarses will adapt the cringe comedy 'So Where Were We'

ABC has ordered a pilot script of a remake of hit Israeli sitcom So Where Were We?

Matt Tarses, producer of ABC's The Goldbergs, has signed on to adapt the Israeli series for the US.

ABC is big on comedies at the moment, and still riding high on the success of Modern Family, which picked up its fifth Emmy for best comedy series Monday. Finding a comedy companion for Modern Family on Wednesday night is one of the network's primary goals for the coming season.

ABC has experience with adapting Israeli shows. Its primetime singing competition Rising Star is an adaptation of the hit format from Israeli group Keshet.

Tarses will produce So Where Were We? for ABC through his Fanfare Productions shingle together with Sony Pictures Television.

The show, originally titled Israel, is a single-camera scripted cringe comedy series along the lines of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It follows a hapless man, Israel, who is always getting into trouble with his sharp tongue and schemes to save money. The concept of the sitcom has every episode set in a different location, where Israel winds up with his wife, kids and best friend.

Israel Katorza, Ran Levy, Shai Ben Atar, and Roee Florentin created the original series. United Studios of Israel produces the original for Channel 10, where it has been a huge ratings hit, the best-rated comedy on the network.

United Studios brokered the deal for an adaptation with Sony Pictures Television, which shopped So Where Were We? to the US networks.

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