Israeli sitcom 'Traffic Light's' comedy win augurs well for pickup

What’s good for the Israeli sitcom “Traffic Light” could also be good for Fox.

Execs at the network were cheering the news that “Traffic Light” had scored the Intl. Emmy Award for comedy on Monday night in New York. That’s because the network is set to bow the U.S. adaptation, “Mixed Signals,” in February.

“Fingers crossed that this bodes well for our version,” one network exec said.

“Traffic Light,” from Kuperman Prods. and Keshet Broadcasting, centers on three thirtysomething guys who have been pals since childhood. They’re all at different stages of relationships: Red light (married with kid), yellow (relationship heading toward commitment) and green (the eternal bachelor).

“Traffic Light” won against competitors “Los Simuladores,” from Mexico; “Peep Show” from the U.K.; and Thailand’s “Talok Hok Chak.”

Here in the U.S., “Mixed Signals” bows Feb. 8 at 9:30 p.m., behind “Raising Hope.” Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) created the domestic laffer, which stars David Denman, Nelson Franklin, Kris Marshall, Liza Lapira and Aya Cash.

“Mixed Signals” reps a growing trend of Israeli formats crossing over to the U.S.; the most successful of the bunch remains HBO’s “In Treatment.”

“We never imagined the show would reach these dimensions,” “Traffic Light” writer Ran Sarig told the Israeli news service Haaretz. “We never even thought about America. What we had in mind was a researcher who wanted to study the way men thought and felt in the year 2010.”

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