Russian Version of 'Roseanne' in the Works
The pilot order comes from Russian network CTC, which runs a Russian-language version of 'Everybody Loves Raymond.'
Nearly two decades after going off the air in the U.S., Roseanne is returning to the airwaves — in Russia.
Sony Pictures Television has secured a pilot order from the Russian network CTC for a local-language adaptation of the sitcom, which ran for nine seasons on ABC, winning four Emmys.
This will be the first time the sitcom — created by and starring comedian Roseanne Barr — will be adapted for a foreign market. The Russian version will be called Katya.
"Our adaptation of Roseanne will resonate with Russian audiences because it is based in truth," Jeff Lerner, executive vp scripted programming and international production for SPT, said in a statement. "The series will show a real working-class family getting through each day, laughing at the trials and tribulations life sends their way and making the audience smile along with them."
Sony has a long history of successful adaptations in Russia, including The Voronins, the local adaptation of Everybody Loves Raymond, which airs on CTC and is Russia's longest-running scripted program still on the air. The Voronins returned for its eighth season last month.
Sony's other successful project in Russia was the local adaptation of The Nanny, which aired on CTC from 2004 to 2009.
CTC, the flagship channel of the group CTC Media, is Russia's sixth biggest network in term of audience share, according to September data.