EXCLUSIVE: As TVWise continues its acquisitions coverage with a number of in-depth reports on a channel-by-channel basis, a clearer picture is starting to emerge on which shows will be back and which shows won’t. After getting in touch with official representatives and various sources at the distributors and broadcasters involved TVWise has been able to pin down the statuses of NBC’s comedy series’ 30 Rock and The Office in the UK, as well as the current status of Scandal over on More4. Full details follow below…
The NBC series – which wrapped its run state-side during the 2012-2013 season – was created by Tina Fey and follows Liz Lemon as she performs her duties as the showrunner of the (fictional) NBC series TGS, all while contending with her crazy cast members and a team of eccentric writers, not to mention Kenny, the former NBC page; and network executive Jack Donaghy. The series has been a staple on Comedy Central UK for the past several years, with the channel having previously aired seasons 1 through 6 (though only 3 through 6 on an exclusive basis). Unfortunately, this seems to be the end of the road for Liz Lemon and co in the UK. Reps of Comedy Central have informed TVWise that they have not acquired the rights to the show’s final season and thus will not be airing the 13 episode swan song that aired on NBC between September 2012 and January 2013.
UPDATE, October 11th: In a surprising U-turn, Comedy Central has now decided to pick up the final two seasons of The Office from NBCUniversal.
PREVIOUS: Another NBC comedy series which wrapped its run this past season, The Office is based on the series created by Ricky Gervais and follows the day-to-day lives of the employees of the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin paper company. The series stars Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B. J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Zach Woods and Amy Ryan. As is the case with 30 Rock, reps of Comedy Central have informed TVWise that they will not be picking up the final two seasons of The Office. But given that Universal released the show’s seventh season on DVD before it had finished airing on Comedy Central, I wouldn’t rule out the chance of the studio releasing the final season on DVD sans a UK broadcast.
The folks over at Channel 4 are confident about their import Scandal. The show – which revolves around Washington DC based fixer and former White House Communications Director Olivia Pope, who has a romantic relationship with the President of the United States – kicks off its 22 episode second season on the company’s More4 channel tomorrow night and Channel 4 isn’t wasting any time in securing the following season. My sources say that talks are already underway with international distributor Disney Media Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the show’s third season, which was ordered by ABC this past May.