Israeli Hit Sitcom 'Ramzor' Nominated for International Emmy

Channel 2 show selected as a contender by a panel of 700 judges from 50 countries.

The Israeli sitcom "Ramzor" ("Traffic Light" ) has been nominated for an International Emmy award for best comedy. This follows the hit show's earlier coup of having rights for an American version bought by the Fox television network.

Israeli version of the sitcom Ramzor

In addition, the Argentine soap opera "Ciega a Citas," which is co-produced by the Israeli company Dori Media, was nominated for best telenovela. This is the first time two television programs with Israeli connections have been nominated for the prestigious award.

"Ramzor" was submitted as a candidate by Keshet, the franchisee that airs it on Channel 2 television. It was selected as a contender by a panel of 700 judges from 50 countries.

Yesterday, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences unveiled the 39 chosen nominees that will compete in 10 different categories. The winners will be announced at the Emmy Awards in New York on November 22.

The Emmy nomination makes the show one of the most successful Israeli television series ever adapted for foreign audiences. Its only rival is the award-winning "In Treatment," a show adapted from the Israeli hit series "B'Tipul" that airs on HBO.

Filming for the American version of "Ramzor," which will air on Fox, will begin next month.

"We were totally surprised by this, because we didn't know Keshet had submitted the show as a candidate," said Adir Miller, a star and co-creator of the show. "I hope we'll be able to fly to the awards ceremony, because we're now shooting the third season."

"We never imagined the show would reach these dimensions," added writer Ran Sarig. "We never even thought about America. What we had in mind was a researcher who wanted to study the way men thought and felt in the year 2010. We wrote stories about Givatayim, but they apparently work everywhere."