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  • SPT WRITES NEW CHAPTER FOR RUSSIAN RAYMOND
  • LONDON, UK (November 30, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced it is to start development on a complete season of 60 original Russian episodes of the local adaptation of Everybody Loves Raymond (known locally as The Voronins). This marks the first time a full season of the format will be written and produced outside the US by continuing the storyline beyond the US original. As the pioneer of situational comedies in the Russian market, SPT has now reproduced all 210 original US episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond in Russia for CTC, with original US scripts running out towards the end of the last season.

    Russian and US script writers will collaborate in Moscow to develop the additional episodes. The team consists of Russian writers and a US consultant Jeremy Stevens, who worked on the original US series. Production will begin in Spring/Summer next year with broadcast expected later in 2012.

    Maria Smirnova, Vice President and General Director, Sony Pictures Television Productions Russia said: "SPT's local sitcom adaptations have thrived in Russia to such an extent that demand for local adaptation is outstripping the original US supply. We're really looking forward to seeing what the two development teams create and are very proud to have helped build several teams of promising young writers through our work on The Voronins."

    SPT's production studio in Russia has also started shooting season six of Married…with Children (known locally as Happy Together) for TNT channel in Russia, with a 50 episode order. This will make a total of 374 episodes, of which 119 will have been written especially for Russian audiences. Separately, this month sees SPT launch its Russian version of CBS sitcom, The King of Queens (known locally as Newlyweds), also for CTC.

    Other international adaptations of Everybody Loves Raymond are currently produced in the Middle East, Poland and Israel.

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