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Runaway US TV hit heads to China
Updated: 2005-08-14 09:22

The racy US television soap opera "Desperate Housewives," which has an almost cult-like fan following in America and Britain, is about to hit China, the industry press said.

The smash-hit show, which tells the tale of the libidinous ladies of fictitious Wisteria Lane will debut in September on state-run China Central Television's CCTV-8, becoming the only US series to air in China this year.

The show will debut on the entertainment block "Everyday Jiayi," a nightly branded block of programming that features international dramas and movies, which beams into 180 million households, according to Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety.

"Desperate Housewives," an ABC television comedy of suburban shenanigans, is licensed to more than 150 territories worldwide.

But is was not clear whether any of the steamy dialogue from the sexually-suggestive programme would be cut from the show before its airing on Chinese airwaves.

The ABC show was sold to CCTV through London-based outfit Zone Vision Networks in a deal with the Asian arm of Walt Disney Co's Buena Vista International Television. Disney owns ABC.

"As part of our commitment to our relationship with CCTV and our viewers in China, we have made it a priority to acquire more notable Hollywood series and award-winning programming from around the world," said Zone Vision chairman Chris Wronski.

No financial value for the deal was available. Variety said Zone Vision was looking to acquire other top American television series for broadcast in China.

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