Turks remake ‘Golden Girls’

Play Productions signs pact with Disney

LONDON — Veteran U.S. sitcom “The Golden Girls” has been given a Turkish twist following a deal between Disney-ABC-ESPN Television and local shingle Play Productions.

Starring Turkish feature film actress Hulya Kocyigit as Dorothy, theater actress Nevra Serezli as Blanche, former politician and actress Fatma Girik as Sophia and one of Turkey’s most high-profile actresses, Turkan Soray as Rose, a 13-part adaptation of the classic ABC laffer bowed on satellite broadcaster ATV Sunday.

It follows Disney-ABC-ESPN Television’s agreements with Channel One Russia and ET1 Greece to produce adaptations of “The Golden Girls” and Turkish versions of ABC Studios’ “According to Jim” and “Hope & Faith.”

Naomi Joseph, executive director, format development, Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, said: “This deal underlines our ongoing commitment to develop local productions of both scripted and reality formats; creating content which appeals even more effectively locally and builds long-term value for these formats.

“With its universal themes and enduring humor ‘The Golden Girls’ continues to enjoy the affection of viewers around the world.”