Henry Winkler to Lead Upcoming Israeli & U.S. Crossover Comedy ‘Chanshi’

Henry Winkler attends Vulture Festival 2021
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Emmy-winning actor Henry Winkler is set to star in the new comedy series Chanshi, an Israeli/U.S. crossover currently in talks with U.S. and international broadcasters.

According to Deadline, the series, created by actress/writer Aleeza Chanowitz, revolves around the titular Chanshi (Chanowitz), a young religious girl from the Jewish community in Brooklyn who decides to disobey her family and immigrate to Israel just before her wedding.

The show follows Chanshi’s wild and reckless journey in the Holy Land as she transitions from a life of rules to a life of no rules at all. This unexpected culture change throws Chanshi into a whirlwind of new life experiences.

Winkler will portray Tatty, Chanshi’s father, whose anxieties grow out of control as he demands that his daughter return home, get married, and save the family’s reputation.

He will star alongside Marnina Schon (Dollface), Tomer Machloof (Tehran), Lee Bader (Super Lady), Oshri Cohen (McMafia), Daniel Moreshet (The Big Nothing), Michal Birnbaum (Unorthodox), Roy Miller (Superdaddy), Roni Dalumi (Euphoria), and Dor Gvirtsmam.

Produced by Kastina Communications and directed by Mickey Triest and Aaron Eva (Bracha), Chanshi is currently filming and set to air on the Israeli network HOT later this year. As reported by Deadline, talks are currently underway with U.S. and other international broadcasters.

Winkler, best known for his iconic role as The Fonz in Happy Days, currently stars as acting coach Gene Cousineau in the HBO dark comedy Barry, for which he earned an Emmy award. He also voices the character of Fritz in Disney+’s Monsters Inc spinoff series Monsters at Work. In addition, Winkler recently starred in Wes Anderson’s film The French Dispatch.

Chanshi, Season 1, TBA