EXCLUSIVE: The norse gods are returning to the UK. I’ve confirmed that Syfy UK has closed a deal with ALL3MEDIA International to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the third season of TV3’s series The Almighty Johnsons. Sources tell me that Syfy UK plans to air the third season close to the series’ debut in New Zealand (scheduled for July 4th) and, while nothing is set in stone, they are eyeing an August premiere.
Created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang, The Almighty Johnsons follows Axl Johnson, who has recently found out that his family members are reincarnated Norse gods. As if that wasn’t enough of a problem, his family members don’t have any control over their powers and its up Axl (the reincarnation of Odin) to restore them and ensure the family’s survival by finding the reincarnation of Odin’s wife, Frigg. The dramedy series is produced by South Pacific Pictures and stars Emmett Skilton, Tim Balme, Dean O’Gorman, Jared Turner and Ben Barrington.
The pick up of the show’s third season had been expected following the decent ratings performance of seasons one and two on the Universal Networks International owned channel. The show’s second season averaged 0.13 million viewers, down a good 900K viewers or 41% on the 0.22 million viewers who watched season 1, but still rating above the slot average. The pick up also comes after ALL3MEDIA sealed a deal with Canadian broadcaster Space for a simultaneous release for the show’s third season on July 4th.