July 18, 2019

Israeli Series ‘On the Spectrum’ Wins Big, U.S. Remake in the Works

Niv Majar and Naomi Levov

“On the Spectrum,” the hit Israeli series about a trio of roommates with autism, swept the top categories at the 59th annual Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards, winning best comedy series, outstanding actor (Niv Majar) and outstanding actress (Naomi Levov). The honors follow the nine awards the series collected at the Israeli Television Academy Awards In March.

Originally produced for yesTV in Israel, “On the Spectrum” is being adapted for Amazon by “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims. The cast includes MOTs Rick Glassman “(Undateable”) and Sosie Bacon (“13 Reasons Why’), who is Jewish on her mother Kyra Sedgwick’s side.

Autism is personal for Katims, whose son has Asperger’s syndrome. Several of the actors are on the spectrum as well.