The FOX television series “Kızıl Goncalar” (Red Buds), produced by Gold Film under the helm of Faruk Turgut, has been steadily gaining success and recognition on the TV. Starring Özcan Deniz and Özgü Namal, the series marked its return to Monday evenings with the airing of its third new episode.
The spotlight fell on “Kızıl Goncalar” when it faced a broadcast suspension issued by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), a scenario reminiscent of a previous ban on the series “Cranberry Sherbeti.” This turn of events drew attention to the series, generating curiosity among the masses after being influenced by news on social media and in the press.
Contrary to the expectation that bans might negatively impact viewership, “Kızıl Goncalar” experienced a surge in positive ratings in the aftermath of the ban decisions. Achieving ratings nearing double digits in the AB and ABC1 categories, the series outperformed competing projects like “Ömer,” “Kudüs Fatihi Selahaddin Eyyubi,” and “Safir” on Monday evenings.
The success of “Kızıl Goncalar” is not only measured by its high ratings but also by the intriguing narrative it presents. The third episode’s explosive ratings indicate that the penal decisions by RTÜK have heightened public curiosity about the series.
In addition to the stellar performances of Özcan Deniz and Özgü Namal, “Kızıl Goncalar” boasts an ensemble cast including Mert Yazıcıoğlu, Erkan Avcı, Hazal Türesan, Mert Turak, Selen Öztürk, Şerif Erol, Duygu Sarışın, Tuğrul Tülek, Yakup Turgut, Sitare Akbaş, Mina Demirtaş, Esma Yılmaz, Zehra Kelleci, and Tuana Gizem Uzunlar. The series revolves around the convergence of paths of individuals from two different cultures.
Directed by Ömür Atay and penned by Necati Şahin, “Kızıl Goncalar” explores the intertwined destinies of Levent (Özcan Deniz), a secular Atatürk supporter, and Meryem (Özgü Namal), who lives in a conservative sect. The series sheds light on the unifying power of parenthood in the face of diverse beliefs and opinions.
“Kızıl Goncalar” airs every Monday at 20:00 on FOX, offering audiences an engaging narrative that transcends cultural boundaries and challenges societal norms. Despite the hurdles faced, the series has proven its resilience and continues to capture the attention of viewers.