Acquisitions Roundup: UK Broadcasters Renew Deals For ‘Scandal’, ‘Suburgatory’ & More

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EXCLUSIVE: Channel 4 has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to pick up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of Suburgatory for its E4 channel. My sources tell me that the second season of the comedy series is currently slated for a late Spring premiere. The company’s More4 channel, as part of the deal signed with Disney Media Distribution to acquire the series, also has the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of ABC’s drama series Scandal. I hear that season 2 of Scandal – which runs a longer length of 22 episodes – is tentatively scheduled to premiere next Summer. This deal with WBITD is the latest in a long line of agreements that the broadcaster has inked in recent months for US imports. Channel 4 has also picked up the rights to the third season of Homeland for Channel 4;  NBC’s new comedy series The New Normal, the second and third seasons of New Girl, the second season of Revenge, the fifth season of 90210, the eighth season of How I Met Your Mother, the second season of Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 and the fourth season of The Cleveland Show for E4; and the the third season of The Big C,  the first season of ABC’s Nashville and the fourth season of The Good Wife for More4.

Finally, over at Channel 5, the company has closed deals with Shine International and Sony Pictures Television and picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to season 4 of FX’s animated series Archer for its 5* channel and the fourth season of FX’s drama series Justified for its 5USA channel, respectively. Meanwhile, the company, as part of the deal to acquire ABC Family’s The Lying Game, holds the rights to the show’s second season. I hear that season 4 of Archer is slated for a Spring premiere as is season 4 of Justified. It is unclear when the second season of The Lying Game will air, but I hear it will be staying put on 5USA after being moved from sister channel 5* following dissapointing ratings. The company has also recently closed deals, with various distributors, to pick up the second season of TNT’s Dallas, 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*).