RTL pulls 'SKL Show'

New restrictions on gambling promotion were the cause

COLOGNE, Germany -- German commercial giant RTL has lost its top-rated lottery game show "SKL" but is taking a big bet on a new format: daily action.

At a news conference Thursday unveiling its new season lineup, RTL confirmed it has pulled the "SKL Show" off the air because of new restrictions on the TV promotion of gambling.

But for its new season, RTL is betting big on "112," a new drama format on emergency rescue teams that combines the long-arc story lines of a daily soap with the high-octane action of a primetime cop show. The 112 phone number is the German equivalent of 911 -- the local emergency hotline number.

RTL has ordered 80 episodes of "112" from Action Concept, the production house behind long-running Autobahn cops series "Alarm for Cobra 11."

The new series, budgeted at about $160,000 an episode, is being co-financed by FremantleMedia and FremantleMedia Enterprises is selling it internationally. "112" premieres in Germany on Aug. 25.
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