We in Israel get sort of excited about the prospects of popular US TV shows heading our way. We already have the likes of Glee, Oprah and Ellen and Grey's Anatomy, among others, to ensure we're up to date on our transcontinental viewings. In fact, it seems that many Israelis have learned much of their English by virtue of simply watching such shows. It's too bad the reverse is not working as smoothly for my Hebrew.
As it turns out, the Yes satellite company here in Israel is set to launch a new channel next month, called Yes Oh, in order to bring to the holy land even more wonderful American cable television shows from the likes of HBO and Showtime.
The channel, which is scheduled to go on the air on January 21, will feature new favorites including the upcoming HBO series "Luck," starring Dustin Hoffman; "Veep," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (from "Seinfeld") and the already widely-hyped "Newsroom," created and written by Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing"), with Jane Fonda.
Yes Oh will also screen the Golden Globe nominee "Enlightened," with Laura Dern, and Starz' "Boss," a political drama about a corrupt Chicago mayor, starring Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"). The channel will broadcast daily from 9 P.M. to 7 A.M. In addition to the HBO shows, Yes Oh will also be screening new seasons of ongoing shows such as "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones," "True Blood," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Treme," as well as "Bored to Death" and "How to Make it in America" (the last two have just been axed by HBO).
The channel is also expected to run repeated broadcasts of old series no longer on air, such as "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Entourage," "Rome," "Flight of the Conchords" and "Big Love." The channel will also carry quality series from Showtime and FX, including the new revenge Western drama "Hell on Wheels," the acclaimed Danish crime thriller "The Killing," and the Australian comedy series "Wilfred," with Elijah Wood.
Lastly, Yes Oh will also broadcast live concerts performed in Israel, starring high-profile musicians such as conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, violinists Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz and Guy Braunstein, and jazz bassist Avishai Cohen.
If any of those shows sound like they are your cup of tea, then it looks like you've got a new channel to add to your favorites on your remote. Locals, happy channel surfing!