‘Band’ punches bullish nationwide deb

Series set up for U.S. remake at DreamWorks TV

BARCELONA — Catalan-lingo teen TV series “Polseres vermelles” (The Red Band Society), currently set up at DreamWorks TV for an English-language remake, has confirmed its crowd-pleasing credentials in Spain.

Bowing June 9, “Band’s” third and fourth episodes took 17.5% and 19.9% shares for Monday night on commercial broadcaster Antena 3.

Spain’s second most-watched channel, Antena 3 averaged 12.6% in July.

“Band” was optioned last fall for a U.S. remake on ABC. “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman is writing a pilot and will be the showrunner for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks TV.

Produced by Catalan pubcaster TVC and Filmax’s Julio and Carlos Fernandez, the humor-laced series turns on a girl and five boys being tended in a cancer ward.

Helmed by Pau Freixas, “Band” was created by multi-hyphenate Albert Espinosa, from his own stage play.

“Band’s” 13-seg first season originally screened on TVC, averaging strong 16%-17% shares and becoming a phenom among adolescents.

“Unlike other hospital series, ‘Band’ talks about difficult topics but from children’s points of view, not that of the medical staff,” said TVC head of co-productions, Susana Jimenez.

A 15-episode second season went into production last week.

“Band’s” performance was especially impressive given that it was originally shot in Catalan, the regional language of northeast Spain, and broadcast on Antena 3 dubbed into Spanish.

The last Catalan-language scripted show to air nationwide in Spain was daily soap “Poblenou” in 1994.

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