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200 eps of 'Intrigue' to douse TV2

AMSTERDAM – Norway is about to get sudsed again with the latest outing by Peter Falck and Christian Wikander, two of Sweden’s most successful soap creators.

Wikander and Falck are responsible for “Three Crowns” and “High Seas,” two soaps that have been battling it out for years on competing stations in Sweden and regularly draw some of the biggest Swedish auds.

The duo also created “Seven Sisters,” a locally produced soap that is now in its third season on TV2 Norway.

Now TV2 Norway has commissioned Metronome Spartacus, a company partly owned by Falck and Wikander, as well as by Svensk Filmindustri and Schibsted, to crank out the newest sudser, “Intrigue,” for TV2’s fall 1998 season.

“Intrigue,” billed as “a soap of the worst kind” by TV2, “will have an ironic edge but won’t be a total spoof,” Wikander told Daily Variety. He added it would nevertheless “have more power struggles and more glamour than ever before.”

Sudser is set at the mythical Hotel Caesar in Oslo.

The five-year deal with Metronome calls for an initial 200 episodes to be produced in 1998 and 1999, with more to follow.

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