Songul Oden and Birkan Sokullu, stars of the Turkish adaptation of hit US series This Is Us, attended a glitzy dinner in Cannes on Monday to celebrate the launch of the show.

The original series, which is still running in the US, having debuted in 2016 on NBC, has been adapted for Turkish audiences by production company Med Yapim for Fox Turkey, which will broadcast the show as Hayat Gibi.

The adaptation tells the story of a young Turkish couple’s journey into parenthood, which is hit by tragedy when one of their three triplets dies during childbirth. The show follows the Gunes family as they cope with the loss by adopting a baby born in the same hospital, switching between the past, the present and the future, tracking the family’s lives over several decades.

The original US series achieved widespread critical success and became a hit show, with lead actor Sterling K Brown scooping a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as Randall, the adopted son who replaces the unborn child of parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson.

Hayat Gibi star Songul Oden has previously appeared in the lead role of the Turkish adaptation of Desperate Housewives.


This and more in the MIPCOM News Issue four, out October 18. This article was written by Benedict Cooper and edited for MIPBlog.

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