‘Simulators’ creating real ratings

Argentinean mercs drawing crowds to TVs

BUENOS AIRES — Whiz kid helmer-scribe Damian Szifron’s private-eye series “Los Simuladores” (The Simulators) is topping the ratings in its second season on broadcaster Telefe.

It’s yet another success for Szifron, 27, who created the show about “A-Team”-style mercenaries who solve cases for average Argentineans.

Since returning to the air May 26 at 11 p.m., a primetime slot in Argentina, “Simulators” has averaged 30 rating points each episode — beating rival shows by a wide margin.

“Simulators” is helping Telefe widen its ratings lead against Artear, its closest rival for more than 10 years.

Szifron plans to follow up this season’s 13 episodes with a “Simulators” movie, to be released in 2004, he said.

Before that, he will release his freshman film on Aug. 27.

“El fondo del mar” (Deep in the Ocean) is a comedy about a man who discovers his girlfriend is having an affair. It won the audience award and scooped a prize for film from Latin America and Spain at the 2003 Mar del Plata Film Festival.

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