ITV2 Acquires UK Rights To Fox’s ‘Dads’, Sets Premiere For January 27th

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Fox controversial comedy series Dads is heading to the UK, TVWise has learned.

ITV has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the comedy series, which hails from Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The 19 episode first season of Dads will premiere on ITV2 on Monday January 27th at 9:30pm, following a new episode of the CBS sitcom Mom.

Created by Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild & Seth MacFarlane, Dads is a multi-camera comedy which follows two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. The comedy series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Mull, Peter Riegert, Brenda Song, Tonita Castro and Vanessa Lachey.

ITV2’s acquisitions of Dads comes after the channel picked up CBS’ comedy series Mom and the first ten seasons of the CBS/WB hit series Two And A Half Men earlier this year. In addition, ITV2 is home to The CW’s hit series The Vampire Diaries. With both Dads and Mom performing reasonably well for their US networks, it seems likely that both will return for a second season, reversing ITV2’s bad fortunes from last season, when every one of their comedy acquisitions were cancelled.

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