Exclusive: I have just learned that Channel 5 has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy for its 5USA channel.
Details of this are coming in a little late, but sources familiar with the deal tell me that it includes a clause preventing 5USA from broadcasting the show’s fifth season until 2013; thereby guaranteeing that US broadcaster FX will have the global premiere for the show’s fifth season, which is due to premiere in the United States this fall. I’m also told that the UK premiere for the show’s fifth season is tentatively penciled in for late January or early February.
Created by Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Jr, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Maggie Siff & Ron Perlman and follows the daily lives of the SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original) biker gang. The drama series is produced by FX Productions, 20th Century Fox Television and Sutter Ink, with Kurt Sutter, John Linson, Art Linson, James D. Parriott and Paris Barclay serving as executive producers. FX has already renewed Sons of Anarchy for a sixth season, with an option for a seventh, as part an overall development deal that Sutter signed with 20th Century Fox Television and FX Productions back in February.
TVWise will bring you the UK premiere date for the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy just as soon as it is announced by 5USA.