EXCLUSIVE: JR, Bobby and co are staying put in the UK. My sources are telling me that Channel 5, as part of an exisiting “life-of-series” deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, hold the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the 15 episode second season of Dallas. I hear that the show’s second season will hit UK screens “not too far behind the US airing” and is currently scheduled for either a February or March 2013 premiere on Channel 5.
A continuation of the late 1970′s series of the same name, Dallas centers on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary.The drama series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. In the show’s second season, Sue Ellen’s run for governor will be threatened by the secret that she bribed a medical examiner to help get John Ross off the hook for murder. Ryland will come to Ann claiming to have news about her daughter. Christopher will head to Des Moines to find the real Becky Sutter, while the woman he married will start to show her true colors as Cliff Barnes’ daughter. And J.R. will team up with John Ross to take over Sue Ellen’s loan to Elena and, in turn, gain total control over Christopher and John Ross’ new start-up company, Ewing Energies.
Dallas has been a strong performer for Channel 5, with the premiere episode pulling in 2.9 million viewers and a 13% share – up some 90% on the slot average, and as such the pick up of the show’s second season had been expected for some time. The deal to pick up the second season of TNT’s Dallas follows a number of deals inked by Channel 5 in recent months to acquire subsequent seasons of their top performing US imports. The company has also signed deals with various distributors to acquire the UK rights to the second season of Person of Interest, the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy, the ninth season of CSI: NY, the thirteenth season of CSI and the second season of Once Upon A Time. Channel 5 has also dropped two under-performing series: Showtime’s comedy series Californication (which aired four seasons of 5*) and NBC’s multi-generational family drama series Parenthood (which aired only 2 seasons on 5*).