The Head of the Moroccan television drama production, Mr. Idrees Al-Idreesy, denied newspaper reports that he was sacked over the failure of the Hob Al-Mezzah (fooling love) series.
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily reports that Al-Idreesy vigorously defended the $120,000 series, which was broadcast at the beginning of Ramadan.
Mr. Al-Idreesy said that the Moroccan drama production authority had adopted a new television production style that was to better reflect reality and be more daring. But many in the press and public criticized the series for the provocative scenes and dialogue. This criticism came even after numerous scenes deemed too risque were spliced out.
This in turn led to the producer, Mr. Shkeib Binammer, to accuse the Moroccan censorship of spoiling the series, in which a large number of well-known television actors took part such as Majeeda Bankiran, Mohammed Al-Atheer, Nozha Al-Rekraky, Ahmed Najy, and Thuraya Alawy.
But there was enough blame to go around. The series' director, Mr. Al-Zerwally, was primarily criticized for mixing direction, casting and management together. Furthermore, the series was criticized for low technological performance.
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