EXCLUSIVE: Universal Channel is sticking with two of its imports from USA Network. My sources are telling me that the broadcaster has renewed its licensing deals with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for both Psych and medical drama Royal Pains. I hear that the sixth season of Psych is currently scheduled for a mid January premiere, while the fourth season of Royal Pains – which will include the two hour Christmas TV Movie which airs on USA Network on December 16th – is slated for a late Spring 2013 launch. Universal Channel, as part of an earlier deal, holds the rights to the recently ordered fourth season of Rookie Blue, with season 4 slated for a late summer 2013 premiere.
Syfy UK has picked up the exclusive pay TV rights to the fifth season of reality series Destination Truth. I’m told that season 5 is set to premiere on the channel early next year. The broadcaster also holds the rights the fourth (and any future) season of the recently renewed science fiction series Haven, which is tentatively scheduled for an Autumn 2013 premiere. I’m still hearing chatter that executives at Syfy UK are in talks with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to acquire a two-hour Red Faction TV movie produced for the US Syfy channel (more on that here). From what I hear, Syfy UK may also wind up being the UK home to Syfy’s new trans-media series Defiance, although since our last story on this in August, I’m told that BSkyB has shown some “preliminary interest” in the series. I’m also told that Syfy UK is in talks with Sony Pictures Television and GK-tv to pick up the rights to the third season of Lost Girl and the second season of breakout hit Continuum, respectively.
Braquo is set to continue in the UK following FX UK’s rebrand to FOX in 2013. My sources are telling me that Fox International Channels (UK) has picked up the rights to the third season of French rogue police drama Braquo. It’s not clear when the show’s third season will air on the (by then re-branded) FOX channel here in the UK. The show’s third season is still in pre-production and won’t air in France until Autumn 2013, so I hear that it won’t arrive on UK screens until either late 2013 or early 2014. This is the latest content deal signed for the soon-to-rebrand FOX of late, the broadcaster has also recently picked up the UK rights to Louie, Men At Work and Da Vinci’s Demons. In addition, the channel continues to hold the first run rights to True Blood, Eastbound & Down, The Walking Dead, Burn Notice and Dexter.
For those who have been asking, Murdoch Mysteries will be returning to Alibi’s line up in early 2013. My sources couldn’t give a definitive date, only saying that it would likely land in February or March. That said, I feel I should stress that, though produced by Canadian indie Shaftesbury Films, Murdoch Mysteries is not an acquisition per se as UKTV (the parent company to Alibi) has been a co-producer on the series since day 1. Elsewhere at UKTV, the company’s Watch channel recently picked up the rights to The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, in a multi-season deal and the second season of TNT’s drama series Perception; Alibi has acquired the UK rights to seasons 1 -3 of The Glades, Australian crime drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and seasons 2 & 3 of USA Network’s White Collar, which had been without a UK broadcaster since Bravo shut down. UKTV has also recently picked up the rights to the third season of Rizzoli & Isles (which is set to air on Alibi early next year), the second season of Hart of Dixie (which is set to air on Really early next year) and the second season of legal dramedy series Suits (which is set to premiere on Dave on January 24th). Still no word on the fates of Castle and Body of Proof, as I’m told that the acquisitions of the new seasons of both is still pending.