Disney to produce local version of medical skein

LONDON — Disney is set to launch a local version of “Private Practice” in Turkey, the first localized take on the ABC Studios’ medical skein.

The series, “Merhaba hayat,” co-produced by local shingle Medyapim, will preem on Fox on Oct. 2.

Featuring an all-star Turkish cast and filmed in Istanbul, the show closely follows the storylines of the original U.S. version, with 23 episodes in production for season one.

The cast is led by Vahide Gordum as neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery, now called Deniz. Other thesps include Yasemin Sannino and Yetkin Dikinciler.

The move follows the success of “Umutsuz ev kadinlari,” the Turkish version of “Desperate Housewives,” which is in its second season, and “Doktorlar,” a local version of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which bowed in 2006.

“Creating local versions of hit ABC Studios’ series allows our great shows and characters to connect even more closely with Turkish audiences by telling locally relevant and entertaining stories,” said Sinan Ceylan, country manager, the Walt Disney Co. Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

Other ABC Studios’ series to be remade in Turkey include “The Golden Girls,” “According to Jim” and “Hope and Faith.”

A Latin American version of “Desperate Housewives” has been produced while “The Golden Girls” was remade in Russia, Greece, Israel and Spain. Local versions of “Brothers and Sisters” and “Grey’s Anatomy” have been produced in Colombia.

The original “Private Practice” is broadcast in more than 200 territories, and is on its sixth season in the U.S. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it is a spin-off of Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy.”

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