Can Aras Bulut İynemli and Neslihan Atagül work together?
After the announcement that Neslihan Atagül would star in the Star TV series, her fans staged a flash mob on social networks with a request that Aras Bulut İynemli become her partner in the project. However, is such a duet possible?
The main TV season of autumn-winter 2021/2022 turned out to be quite difficult for the Turkish TV industry. Digital platforms have pulled over professional staff, including not only actors, but also directors, screenwriters, cameramen and other crew members. The collapse of the lira made the situation worse.
The Turkish viewer, accustomed to high-quality and expensive shows, does not want to watch cheap soap operas, the audience of series is rapidly declining, ratings are falling, advertisers are leaving, TV channels are revising their broadcast schedule, relying on cheaper TV programs and talk-shows. If earlier producers could choose between working on television and platforms, now often TV channels simply cannot afford to work with expensive and high-quality producers, preferring someone cheaper.
The next autumn-winter 2022/2023 television season promises to be even more challenging. The Star TV channel, which has seriously lost its audience of Turkish series fans in recent years, is preparing to return with two big projects. As for the series “If the King Loses” presumably starring Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, there is no clarity yet, since the project is very expensive for the TV channel. But there is certainty on the series “At the end of the night / Gecenin Ucunda” starring Neslihan Atagül. The project is being prepared by TMC Film, which has lost its position in the market over the past 10 years, so the cost of the project for the TV channel will not be cosmic, and it will most likely be aired in the fall.
Neslihan’s fans immediately began to pick a co-star for her in the show. According to the number of votes in social networks, Aras Bulut İynemli is the leader. However, alas, this is not possible. Firstly, because Aras signed a contract with the Disney Plus digital platform to shoot in a new series about the life of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. However, the main reason is that he is one of the most beloved and popular actors in Turkey, and it is unlikely that Star TV, which is in financial crisis, can afford such a big star. Moreover, Neslihan Atagül is also a star and she “worth” a lot.
If Aras and Neslihan ever work together, then such cooperation is possible only on international digital platforms that have money for stars. On television, the producers will pick up a co-star for Neslihan whose salary will not ruin the channel.