Adapted formats in fiction
While non-fiction formats like American Idol (Indian Idol), So You Think You Can Dance (Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa), Fear Factor (Khattron Ke Khiladi) etc have already ruled the medium, now it’s time for fiction adaptations. Call it the paucity of ideas or the desire to bring interesting stories from the world over, entertainment channels in 2015 are going to witness a number of adaptations of international fiction shows. Not that 24 on Colors in 2013 was the first adaptation of an English series into Hindi (earlier, shows like Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi have been adapted), but it kicked off a trend of sorts and a number of shows like Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, second season of 24 are under production. Anil Kapoor has also bought the rights of the popular sitcom Modern Family. Even Zindagi that has till now aired shows from Pakistan will adapt shows from the Middle-East, North America, Turkey etc.
Yudh, Everest, Airlines, Mahakumbh, Maharakshak Aryan, It’s Complicated, Paanch, Fanaa, Pukaar and many other shows were launched
in 2014 with the number of episodes decided in advance. While we still have to wait and watch how some of them that are still being telecast will fare, most of these failed to rank-up on the ratings chart. But airing a finite series alongside the regular shows is to form an alternate TV viewing habit for the audience, and even if the success so far has been minimal, the trend is going to grow. The major general
entertainment channels like Star Plus, Sony, Zee TV, Colors already have finite series planned for the year ahead. While the second season of Mahakumbh (60 episodes) on Life OK will go on air later this year once the first season winds up, Maharakshak will have two more stories under its franchise after Aryan. Along the lines of Airlines and Private Investigator that are 26 episodes each, Star Plus has many shows planned, one of them being the tentatively titled Hotel.