Russia, Ukraine Take Remake Rights to German Sitcom 'Danni Lowinski'

Courtesy of Sat.1

The CW passed on a U.S. version of the show, which starred Amanda Walsh as a hairdresser turned activist lawyer.

COLOGNE, Germany - German sitcom hit Danni Lowinski may not have made it to U.S. screens, but the dramedy about a working class woman who becomes a lawyer has found a new home in Eastern Europe.

Ukrainian production company Star Media Film has picked up remake rights to Danni Lowinski and will produce a local-language version of the show for Ukraine commercial channel STB and Russian broadcaster Domashny.

The original Danni Lowinski, currently in its third season in Germany, has been a ratings smash for commercial network Sat.1. A Belgian remake for public broadcaster vtm also scored with viewers, generating the channel's best ratings in five years.

The show's success caught the attention of CBS TV Studios, which produced a pilot for a U.S. version of the show for the CW last season. The pilot stared Amanda Walsh as the titular law school grad who opens her own law firm in a kiosk at the mall. CW passed on the series.

Star Media is set to begin production on its version of the sitcom - called Masha V Zakone, or Masha in Law, next month.

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