"Fox will now shoot the first season in the U.S., and in final credits after every season there will be a mention that the format of the show was created by Kvartal 95 Studio, Ukraine. What could be a better contribution to our nation?" said Zelenskiy, adding that he had just returned from the United States where he closed the deal.
After a scandal erupted over a Kvartal 95 Studio performance during a festival in Jurmala, Latvia in July, during which Zelenskiy and his fellow comedians compared Ukraine to a German porn star, begging for money on the international stage, the nation's favorite comedians have come under fire for what some said was a humiliating and unpatriotic performance.
Their festival sketches were unusual, as Kvartal 95 Studio has always positioned itself as a "patriotic" comedy group in its TV and stage shows.
"The Servant of the Nation" is a 24-episode comedy series about Vasiliy Goloborodko (played by Zelenskiy), a history teacher working in a Ukrainian school, who one day unexpectedly becomes the president of Ukraine. Each episode of the show features Goloborodko, an honest and intelligent man with ordinary needs, managing to tackle his presidential duties in corridors of power stalked by corrupt and crooked bureaucrats.
Before being sold in the United States, the show was sold to broadcasters in Estonia, Kazakhstan, and Moldova.