Sony Pictures Television Producing Russian ‘Roseanne’ Adaptation

Sony Pictures Television has secured a pilot order for a Russian adaptation of “Roseanne” from Russia’s leading independent media company CTC Media.

Retitled “Katya, the Russian redo is the first adaptation based on the multiple Emmy-winning sitcom starring Roseanne Barr that ran in the U.S. for nine seasons on ABC. The show was a big hit in the U.S. for ABC from 1988-1997. It was produced by the Carsey-Werner Co.

“Our adaptation of “Roseanne” will resonate with Russian audiences because it is based in truth,” enthused Jeff Lerner, executive vice president, scripted programming, international production for SPT.

“The series will show a real working class family getting through each day, laughing at the trials and tribulations life sends their way and making the audience smile along with them,” he added.

SPT has a long history of successful sitcoms in Russia including “The Voronins,” the local adaptation of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” It is currently the longest-running scripted program in the country, having recently returned for its eighth season.

 

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