Ramadan drama: Take two
Stars like Haifa Wahbi are pleased their Ramadan performances might not go to waste
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After a number of TV shows didn't make the cut for this year's Ramadan, producers plan to bite back with a new season of drama and entertainment later in the year.
Ramadan TV has dominated the Arab world for the past five years, as programme makers have focused their main efforts - and budgets - on the creation of audience grabbing shows for the season. This year in Egypt alone the budget for dramas released in the past month reached over 200 million Egyptian pounds.
Why do producers invest so much money in this month? Because it has the most viewers of course!
To the disappointment of producers and actors alike, every year a number of shows are eliminated from the season. This year was no different with dramas including “Mawlid Wa Sahbo Ghayeb” starring Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi, and “Al Saqr Shaheen” starring Egyptian Rania Fareed Shawki and Syrian actor Tayem Hassan, not seeing the light.
These shows have either been put on the shelf for next year's Ramadan or have been binned completely,
But, according to London based Arab news portal Elaph, producers are seriously considering kick starting a new season later in the year to air the dramas that didn't make the Ramadan cut.
Unsurprisingly, stars of the binned shows are happy their performances might still grab the limelight this year.
Do you think a second season of TV to rival Ramadan would work?