Israel's Keshet 12 ordered a second season of “A Body That Works”

Israel’s highest-rating drama of 2023 has been licensed by Keshet International in 92 territories, with local remakes in the pipeline.

27 FEB 2024

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Keshet Broadcasting has ordered a second season of Israel's highest-rating drama of 2023, "A Body That Works" (Goof Shlishi), from Kuma Studios for Keshet 12. Picking up where this first season left off – with the now-separated Ido (Yehuda Levi) and Ellie (Rotem Sela) successfully co-parenting their son following his birth by surrogate Chen (Gal Malka) - this second 6x60' season will reunite the original line-up, including all four Israeli stars.

Karni Ziv, Head of Drama and Comedy at Keshet Broadcasting, said: "I am so happy to be bringing this touching relationship drama about parenthood back to Keshet 12 screens with the help of Kuma Studios. Shira, Dror, and Shay's original series of 'A Body That Works' captivated Israeli hearts because it is steeped in love and imbued with a human touch, and its witty, fast-paced rhythm kept them entertained to the end. It is early days, but season two is looking even better!"

Kelly Wright, Keshet International's MD of Distribution, said: "We are thrilled to be announcing this reorder a year after we originally launched 'A Body That Works' to buyers at last year's London TV Screenings. Charting one couple's captivating journey to parenthood, this beautifully crafted series had all of Israel buzzing with each new episode, and like everyone else, I can't wait to find out what happens next!"

Co-created by Shira Hadad (Wisdom of the Crowd, Preso No. 1), Dror Mishani (Wisdom of the Crowd, The Missing File), and Shay Capon (The Writer, Dumb), the award-winning eight-part relationship drama stars Rotem Sela (The Baker and the Beauty) and Yehuda Levi (Fire Dance) as a childless couple who enlist the help of a surrogate (Gal Malka), alongside love interest Lior Raz (Fauda). Relationships and love will again be at the center of this new season, in which Ido and Ellie struggle with whether to bring another child into the world together. Season two of "A Body That Works" (Goof Shlishi) will again be directed by Shay Capon, with Shira Margalit and Elad Koperman together executive producing the six-part drama for Kuma Studios.

"A Body That Works" (Goof Shlishi) was selected in competition at Series Mania 2023, where Rotem Sela and Gal Malka (Commandments) together both won Best Actress for their portrayals of childless Ellie and surrogate Chen. Keshet International has since sold the award-winning drama in 92 territories across Europe, Latin America, the U.S., Canada, and Australia to date, completing license agreements with Netflix, AMC Networks International, CBC, and SBS. "A Body That Works" is currently being developed for the UK and global markets by Keshet UK, with other options in discussion in multiple territories elsewhere.

Keshet 12's upcoming pipelines of Israeli dramas feature shows at various stages of production and post-production, with more news to be announced to buyers at the 2024 London TV Screenings, where Keshet International will preview its new Spring Slate – including the six-part action thriller "Conflict" and the premium documentary series "Earthbound" narrated and EPed by Orlando Bloom.