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Israeli Series 'Irreversible' Making Its Way to ABC

By Curt Schleier

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Another Israeli series will likely make its way to American television. In fact, Deadline Hollywood reports that “Irreversible,” based the Reshet TV show “Bilti Hafich,” is almost guaranteed a spot on ABC.

The network gave the okay to Sony TV and Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”) for a pilot and agreed to a seven-figure penalty if it doesn’t air. Adding to the unique nature of the arrangement, the series’ Israeli co-creator, Sigal Avin, will be the sole writer on the show, direct the pilot and executive produce.

“Bilti Hafich” is about the trials and tribulations of an eccentric and self-centered couple. It premiered in January and rocketed to the top ranks of Israeli TV ratings. It was renewed for a second season.

ABC, Reshet and Sony TV also teamed last year on another Israeli series, “Divorce.” It went to pilot, was not picked for this fall, but the cast’s options were picked up. So it remains a contender.


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