Sky1 Acquires UK Rights To ‘Star-Crossed’ & ‘About A Boy’

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UPDATED: Sky is adding two new US imports to their line up.

Sky1 has sealed deals with international distributors CBS Studios International and NBC Universal International Television Distribution to acquire the UK broadcast rights to sci-fi series Star-Crossed and comedy series About A Boy. The first season of About A Boy is set to premiere on Sky1 on Monday March 31st at 9:30pm, while Star-Crossed is set to premiere on Sky1 on Friday April 4th at 8pm.

Created by Meredith Averill, Star-Crossed tells the story of an epic romance which ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Malese Jow, Titus Makin Jr, Grey Damon, Natalie Hall, Chelsea Gilligan, Greg Finley and Maggie Elizabeth Jones.

Based on the Nick Hornby book and the 2002 feature film of the same name, About A Boy follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child named Will and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother Fiona. Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions and Tribeca Productions are producing the comedy which stars David Walton, Minnie Driver, Anjelah N. Johnson, Benjamin Stockham and Al Madrigal.

With the pick ups, About A Boy and Star-Crossed becomes only the third and fourth new series from the 2013-2014 season to land at BSkyB. Sky1 also previously picked up the exclusive rights to limited event series 24: Live Another Day, while sister channel Sky Living – who just confirmed that they would not be continuing with either Cougar Town or Supernaturalsnapped up the much sought-after drama series The Blacklist. Star-Crossed and About A Boy join a strong line-up of US imports on Sky1 which includes, amongst others, Modern Family, NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0.

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