Friday, April 17, 2009


Generally, international remakes of American TV shows avoid being banished to the remake TV dimension because the most vital element has been changed - they take place in other countries, duh.

There are international versions of 'Desperate Housewives', 'Married... With Children', and 'Law &Order' and its spin-offs. There were several versions of 'Ugly Betty' before the United States got one. And 'The Office' has clones all over the world, but like them, ours came from Great Britain first - as did 'All In The Family', 'Sanford and Son', and 'Three's Company'.

And they can all share the same Earth Prime-Time.

Turkey is now getting into the game as well. One of their TV satelllite networks (ATV) has licensed the rights to remake 'The Golden Girls' for their audience. A cast has already been lined up to create new versions of the girls: Fatma Girik will play Dorothy's mother, Sophia; Hulya Kocyigit will play Dorothy; Nevra Serezlie will be Blanche; and Turkan Soray will be the addled Rose. (Pictured below, clockwise from top left.)
Look at the picture of the four women. For alls I know, Sophia and Dorothy (top row) are a good match. But don't you think that Turkan Soray (bottom right) would be a better choice for playing Blanche? Not that Nevra Serezlie doesn't look like she could take on the blousy and blouse-open Blanche.......

I'm not sure if the names of the characters will be changed. But even if they are not, four older women living together can't be that uncommon a situation, and besides - they'll be in Istanbul! So this version of the show can stay in the main Toobworld with the original 'Golden Girls' of Miami.

Toby O'B

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