Disney to launch Turkish version of Desperate Housewives

Turkish commercial broadcaster Kanal D is launching a local remake of hit US drama Desperate Housewives after striking a format deal with Disney.

This comes as the show nears the end of its run – and eighth season – in the United States.

This marks the fifth international version of the Marc Cherry-created female skewing hit following deals across Latin America.

The Turkish version of the series, which will be known as Umutsuz Ev Kadinlari, will be produced by local indie Medyapim and Disney and will launch on Kanal D later this year.

Turkey has been a growing market for the Hollywood studio in recent years and it has already remade ABC Studios series including Grey’s Anatomy, The Golden Girls, According To Jim and Hope & Faith in the country.

Sinan Ceylan, country manager, The Walt Disney Company Turkey, Greece and Cyprus said: “We’re extremely excited to be co-producing a local version of the hit series “Desperate Housewives” as it offers us the opportunity to connect with Turkish audiences by telling a locally relevant and entertaining story with an all star Turkish cast, using the universal stories and characters created by ABC Studios. This announcement demonstrates our commitment to investing in the Turkish market and supporting the local entertainment industry.”

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