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TVI in Portugal adapts Telefe’s Dear Daddies, greenlights reality show Triangle

Dear Daddies (Señores Papis) debuted on Telefe in 2014

CONTENT AMERICAS: Portuguese commercial broadcaster TVI has picked up a number of formats for local production, including Latin American comedy drama Dear Daddies (aka Señores Papis).

Dear Daddies debuted on Paramount-owned Argentinian broadcaster Telefe in 2014 and follows four guys as they negotiate fatherhood. It was written by Cecilia Guerty and Pablo Junovich and aired for 184 episodes.

TVI will adapt the format and air it later this year through a deal with Paramount Global Content Distribution.

“This is one of my favourite scripts from Argentina, always has been since it was launched in 2014, but we had to wait until the time was right to adapt it. Our viewers are now looking for dramedy again,” Margarida Pereira, director of acquisition at TVI, told C21.

Dear Daddies has previously been adapted in Serbia (for broadcaster Prva), Slovakia (Markiza), Ukraine (1+1), Poland (Polsat), Chile (Mega), Mexico (Grupo Imagen) and Hungary (TV2), among other territories.

TVI has also greenlit a new reality format called Triangle, which Pereira described as “a 24/7 show set in a house like Big Brother or Secret Story. But the surprise element will be the key to the game – nothing is what it seems.” Developed by TVI and the Portuguese team at Banijay, Triangle will launch in February.

The agreements come soon after TVI picked up US gameshow format Let’s Make a Deal from Can’t Stop Media for local adaptation, to be produced by Fremantle Portugal, as previously reported by C21.

“It’s a feel-good programme, funny and entertaining, and it will be hosted by a very good presenter and actor,” said Pereira.

Pereira, who is attending C21’s Content Americas this week, outlined her shopping list for the Miami event: “I’m looking for formats that could work in the Portuguese market, especially drama. On the documentary side, it’s not for TVI but for our cable news channel CNN Portugal, so I’m looking for current affairs. I’m not looking for drama series or movies anymore.”

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