Israeli version of hit TV sitcom The Office in the works
Show creator Ricky Gervais: I am thrilled that Israel is making The Office, who ever heard of Jewish entertainers?
An Israeli version of hit TV show The Office is in the works and will feature both Arab and Ethiopian characters, according to reports in the British media.
The show, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, will be named Super Office and will be set in central Israel, near Tel Aviv. Actor Avi Meshulam will be stepping into the shoes of character David Brent, originally portrayed by Gervais.
The Office has been remade in France, Russia and the United States, where it has turned into a hit, starring Steve Carell.
According to reports, in the Israeli version Gareth becomes Yariv, and Tim and Dawn become Yossi and Dana.
The show also includes a character named Abed, described as "an intellectual Arab with a gentle soul," and Abba, who is Ethiopian.
"I am thrilled and amazed that Israel is making The Office with local writers, directors and actors," Gervais was quoted as saying. "I mean, who ever heard of Jewish entertainers?"