Cuban actor Garcia to star with Ortega
Sony Pictures Television Intl.’s “Who’s the Boss?” is being remade at Colombia’s Caracol TV.
Shooting has begun of the vintage sitcom offshoot, with an early May debut slated. Skein is toplined by Cuban actor Alberto Yoel Garcia (“Habana Blues”) who plays a servant opposite Colombian thesp Margarita Ortega, his ad exec employer.
“Boss” is the second SPTI sitcom Caracol has reversioned, following “Married … With Children” which ran last year. “Married…” was the first sitcom made in Colombia and scored an average 42 share.
Andres Marroquin, who directed “Married …,” will also helm the Colombian version of “Boss.”
“Because of a sitcom’s high budget, we reduce costs by shooting at a quicker pace,” Marroquin said. “We can shoot four to five episodes a week in contrast to the U.S., where they shoot an episode a week.”
Caracol is mulling stripping “Who’s the Boss?” daily in primetime, another reason it needs to shoot fast. “It’s a sub-version of the (sitcom) genre, but audiences are used to it because that’s how telenovelas are aired,” he said.
Telefe has already made its own version of “Who’s the Boss?” for Argentina, where it was a ratings hit.
SPTI properties, led by “The Nanny,” have been remade in Germany, Chile, Russia, Turkey, Mexico, Greece, Spain and Argentina, among other territories.