Exclusive: Channel 4, as part of a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution which saw the company acquire the UK rights to comedy series The New Normal for E4, has extended its existing licensing deals for both New Girl and Homeland. Under the new deal the company has acquired the UK broadcast rights to not only the second seasons of both shows but also to the prospective third seasons, assuming both shows are renewed by Fox and Showtime, respectively. New Girl airs on E4, while Homeland will continue to air on Channel 4.
Over at Comedy Central, I’m told that the broadcaster has renewed its licensing deals for 30 Rock, The Office, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly. I’m told that the sixth season of 30 Rock will return later this year, before the show’s seventh season premieres on the channel in 2013. The tenth season of Two and a Half Men will premiere this autumn, where I’m told it will be paired with Comedy Central’s latest acquisition; the FX/Lionsgate series Anger Management, which stars Charlie Sheen. The seventh season of NBC’s comedy series The Office is set to return this autumn, before the show’s eighth season premieres on the channel in 2013. While I’m also being told that the third season of CBS comedy series Mike & Molly is currently pencilled in for an autumn launch.
Elsewhere, TCM has renewed its licensing deal with Endemol for AMC’s western series Hell On Wheels, with the show’s second season currently pencilled in for an early 2013 launch. MTV has extended its deal for Awkward and will air the show’s second season this autumn, while I hear they are still in talks with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the UK rights to the third season of Pretty Little Liars. Universal Channel has renewed its deal with eOne for Rookie Blue and will air the show’s 13 episode third season this autumn. Syfy UK has renewed its deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for Warehouse 13 and currently has the show’s 20 episode fourth season scheduled for an September premiere. Syfy UK, as part of an earlier deal, has the rights to the second season of The Almighty Johnsons which is also scheduled for a September premiere. FX UK, who recently acquired the exclusive first run pay TV rights to Da Vinci’s Demons, has the rights to the second season of American Horror Story, which is set to premiere this autumn; the tenth season of NCIS, which is scheduled for an early 2013 premiere; and the seventh season of Dexter, which is also pencilled in for an early 2013 launch.