Sat1 is pulling the plug on its local "Ugly Betty" skein "Verliebt in Berlin
" (That's Life) this fall and will instead launch a new daily docu-soap in the access prime slot: "Verdammt lange her--Der Wiedersehen," which reunites old friends who have not seen one another in years.
STUNNER Alexandra Neldel wore a fat suit to hide her svelte frame in 2005's Verliebt In Berlin
(In Love In Berlin).
FremantleMedia acquired rights to market the format in Europe; adaptations include German version "Verliebt in Berlin
," which bowed February 2005 as well as a Dutch version.
Taking a page from Sat.1, which has enjoyed stratospheric success with its daily telenovela "Verliebt in Berlin
" (That's Life), ProSieben got into the act with its own, "Lotta in Love," which went on the air in March.
German-based Grundy UFA, the local production arm of Fremantle Media, has scored with "Bianca," the tale of a young woman who reinvents herself after being imprisoned for a crime she did not commit, and "Verliebt in Berlin
," based on Colombian hit "Yo soy Betty la fea" (I Am Ugly Betty).
Sat.1's new daily skein, "That's Life" (Verliebt in Berlin
), based on hit Colombian telenovela "Betty la fea" (Ugly Betty), has regularly attracted 4 million viewers since going on air in February.
Haim Saban-owned Sat 1, which last year launched formats "Fight for Your Wife" and a local take on "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance," (Mein grosser dicker peinlicher Verlobter), recently revamped its early evening lineup to launch its new telenovela, "Verliebt in Berlin
" (In Love in Berlin).