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> It's one of the hottest shows on television in Ukraine. An everyman schoolteacher whose videotaped rant against government corruption goes viral,
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nds himself an unlikely presidential candidate and wins. He and his friends butting heads against the country's oligarchs and career bureaucrats over real-life issues. Servant of the People is a comedy but its creators insist they don't intentionally mock any specific officials.
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But in a country wracked by crises, the truth of this fantasy leader is a little more political. Vladimir Zolinsky plays the unlikely hero and sat down with Reuters.>> We made the show for people to understand that they should elect a man of merit, even if they don't know who he is.
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They should go and find him. You can't step into a pile of shit, and excuse my language, say, no big deal, we know it's smells but it's fine. We'll keep living this way. It's not right.>> Corruption is widespread in Ukraine. So much so that it slowed to efforts to integrate with the European Union.
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Recent reforms revealing politicians with fleets of luxury cars and millions of dollars in cash, in a place where most subsist on just $200 a month. The television channel that airs the show owned by a fierce critic of Ukraine's non-fiction president Petro Poroshenko.>> Ukraine politics represents the sum of every possible negative element that can be in politics in the entire world.
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That's why I can't even say that we've been making it up. We're simply stating the facts.>> And people are tuning in. Servant's first season ended with the second highest viewership in the country, according to statistics provided to Reuters. Its pilot episode seen here clocking in over 10 million views on YouTube, and the next season is now in production, and it might be coming to your own television soon.
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Fox Network has bought the rights for an American version, and Netflix will stream the original with subtitles.>> No one thought people would have so much interest. Like in the US, if it's done with, I don't know Ben Stiller, or someone else, it would be awesome.