Universal Channel Acquires UK Rights To USA Network’s ‘Graceland’

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Universal Channel has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to USA Network’s Graceland, TVWise has confirmed. The series, which has yet to be officially picked up for a second season, is expected to premiere on Universal Channel later this year.

Created by White Collar scribe Jeff Eastin, Graceland follows Mike Warren, a  rookie FBI agent who is assigned to join a team of agents from the FBI, DEA and Customs living together undercover and under one roof in a California beach house known as “Graceland.”  Teamed up with brilliant, but surfer-slacker, Paul Briggs, and attempting to establish his place in the house, Mike learns the ambiguous role of friendship and trust in an environment where lies are a way of life and everyone has a secret. The drama series is produced by Fox Television Studios and stars Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me), Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl), Vanessa Ferlito (CSI: NY), Brandon Jay McLaren (Falling Skies), Manny Montana (The Chicago Code) and Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings).

Universal Channel’s acquisition of Graceland, which was first reported by Broadcast, comes shortly after the Universal Networks International owned station went through a rebrand, which placed a greater emphasis on character driven content. Around the time of that rebrand, word leaked out that Universal was in the market for at least one new drama series and it is understood that the many series that were under consideration included Graceland, Ironside and King & Maxwell – which was just recently acquired for UK broadcast by the UKTV owned and operated Alibi channel. The deal also follows on from the recent acquisitions of the Canadian drama series MotiveTNT’s drama series Major Crimes and A&E’s Bates Motel.

TVWise’s Acquisitions Scorecard has been updated with this new information.