CBS Gives Israeli Drama a Second Chance at Wowing U.S. Audiences

Pilot to be produced of 'The Ran Quadruplets,' about siblings raised in front of the camera.

An Israeli television series about quadruplets that fell short of being greenlit for American audiences is getting a second chance: CBS has ordered a pilot for "The Ran Quadruplets," Deadline Hollywood reported on Thursday.

The Israeli series, which ran for two seasons on the Yes satellite television provider, centers on three brothers and a sister who grew up in front of the camera – as stars of a documentary TV show inspired by Michael Apted's "Up" series. 

"The Ran Quadruplets" (Revi'iyat Ran in Hebrew) focused on the foursome at age 32, and examined their different off-camera lives.

CBS tried to adapt the series for its 2009-2010 season, but that effort, from "Revenge" creator Mike Kelly, failed to pass the pilot stage.

This time around, CBS decided to join forces with David Marshall Grant ("Smash") and producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. They will be executive producing with Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, Yona Wiesenthal, Eilon Ratzkovsky, the Israeli show's creators Giyora Yahalom and Oren Jakobi, Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil and David Garrett.

“I am thrilled that this project is taking off – it just goes to show that when you have a good format you need to keep pushing it no matter what," Armoza told Television Business International. "We’re looking forward to working with top broadcaster CBS on this, in bringing this very original and unique drama to life, where documentary and fiction are combined.”

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