Popular Argentine TV show observes Rosh Hashanah

Hit comedy ‘Graduados’ wins Tuesday ratings with holiday-themed episode

One of Argentina’s top TV series marked the end of Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday with a holiday-themed episode that proved the highest-rated show of the night.

According to an official synopsis (in Spanish) on the website of “Graduados” (Graduates), the Sept. 18 installment of the series revolved around the household of the Godzzer family, where a “big party for the arrival of the Jewish new year” served as the backdrop for various romantic developments. In the major twist of the night, the show’s female protagonist, Loli (Nancy Duplaa), confesses her feelings for Andy Godzzer, a ex-classmate whose Rosh Hashanah party she plans to attend.

Focused on a group of former friends and rivals who graduated from the same high school more than 20 years ago, “Graduados” has proven a hit since its April premiere, and easily won Tuesday’s ratings race with its Rosh Hashanah episode. Billed as a comedy, the show airs on Argentina’s Telefe channel, and stars Uruguayan Jewish actor Daniel Hendler as Andy Godzzer, a member of the series’ central love triangle.

A five-time nominee for Argentina’s top acting prize, Hendler won the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear award in 2005 for his performance in “El Abrazo Partido” (Lost Embrace). That film, about a grandson of Holocaust survivors living in Buenos Aires, focused on the character’s relationship with his father, who abandoned his family to fight for Israel in the Yom Kippur War.

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