While neither has aired on British television, two series from the 2012-2013 season are now available to purchase in the UK via the Tesco owned on-demand service Blinkbox. I’ve learned that, following a deal with Warner Bros., Blinkbox is currently offering the complete series of The CW’s Cult and CBS’ Golden Boy, both of which were cancelled after just one season on their respective networks. Episodes of both series are available for purchase at a price tag of £1.89 each.
Penned by Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon, Cult follows a production assistant on a TV show called ‘Cult.’ After noticing a rash of disappearances and murders that appear to be connected to the show, she teams up with an investigative reporter to find out what is really going on. The series is produced by Fake Empire & Warner Bros. Television and stars Jessica Lucas, Matt Davis, Alona Tal and Robert Knepper.
Created by Nicholas Wootton, Golden Boy tells the story of a young, ambitious police officer who rises quickly within the New York Police Department — perhaps through questionable methods — after becoming a celebrated hero in the line of duty. The drama series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and stars Theo James, Bonnie Somerville, Chi McBride, Holt McCallany, Kevin Alejandro and Stella Maeve.
This is the latest high profile offering for Blinkbox who, earlier this year, offered the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, following its initial broadcast on Sky Atlantic but ahead of its home video release. It is also the latest such move in what has become a growing trend over the past couple of years of on-demand services offering premium US content which is overlooked by traditional broadcasters. Other examples of this include Netflix UK picking up Breaking Bad and Drop Dead Diva and LOVEFiLM’s acquisitions of Vikings and Emily Owens, M.D., though the latter did eventually land at a traditional broadcaster when UKTV acquired the series for its Really channel.