It’s pilot season in Hollywood, which means that Los Angeles television executives are spending their days locked into offices and obsessively screening series promos, while in Israel, a number of eager producers and creators are biting their nails and hoping to hear the good news that their programs have been picked up for a full series run.
Among this year’s bumper crop of potential television shows currently being considered by major US networks, there are a number of Israeli ideas and concepts. The Israeli execs tied to “Allegiance,” a family thriller in which a CIA analyst and war hero has no idea that his parents are deep-cover Russian spies, can already breathe easy – that show, a remake of the Israeli hit “Gordin Cell,” from Keshet TV, has already been ordered to series and will debut on NBC with Scott Cohen (“The Carrie Diaries”), Gavin Stenhouse and Hope Davis among its cast.
Executives at ABC are still considering “Irreversible,” a remake of the beloved Israeli comedy “Bilti Hafich,” a comedy of errors featuring two fumbling first-time parents. “Friends” star David Schwimmer, who hasn’t been seen much on the small screen since 2004, is set to star.
And at CBS, there is a lot of hype surrounded the still-untitled David Marshall Grant project, a medical drama that focuses on a group of quadruplets who grow up on a reality show. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, the program is based on the Israeli show “Ran Quartet.”
Over at the teen-centric CW, executives are said to still be deciding on the fate of “Identity,” a drama from TV newcomer Orna Raiz, whose feature film “Dance of the Hours” inspired the original script. The program, which is being touted as a twisting mash-up of “Homeland” and “Revenge,” follows a young woman in need of an organ transplant who discovers she is related to powerful domestic terrorists and is enlisted by the CIA to investigate them.