ReelzChannel has closed a deal with Entertainment One (eOne) to acquire the exclusive US broadcast rights to Canadian drama series Cracked. The deal for the drama series, which airs on CBC in Canada, was negotiated by eOne’s Carrie Stein. Cracked is currently slated to premiere on Reelz this fall.
Created by Tracey Forbes and Calum de Hartog, Cracked follows Detective Aidan Black, a seasoned officer dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley, who leaves her prominent position at a downtown hospital to partner with the police. Black and Ridley are the lead team in a newly formed Psych Crimes Unit where they combine police investigative skills and psychiatric insight to resolve crises and solve crimes. The drama series is produced by White Pine Pictures and stars David Sutcliffe, Stefanie von Pfetten, Luisa D’Oliveira and Dayo Ade.
The acquisition of Cracked is part of Reelz’s push into original scripted programming. The network started on that path after the success they saw with The Kennedys – a mini-series they acquired after History opted not to air the “controversial” program. Since then the network has been programming originals – especially on the scripted side – largely by acquisitions. Other series which have been acquired by the network include Bomb Girls, True Justice, XIII and mini-series Barabbas, Cat. 8, Delete, Eve of Destruction, Exploding Sun and Ring of Fire. The network also has one orginial scripted project in development: After Camelot, which is an 8 episode mini-series which has been described as a sequel to The Kennedys.