Sky Atlantic has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to HBO’s upcoming drama series The Leftovers and Cinemax’s new period drama The Knick.
Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers is set just after the apocalypse. When the Rapture happened, but not quite like it’s supposed to. The series tells the story of the people who didn’t make the cut and a world that will never be the same. The drama, from Warner Bros. Television, stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Paterson Joseph and Brad Leland.
From acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, The Knick is set in downtown New York in 1900 and centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The cast includes Clive Owen, Andre Holland, Eve Hewson, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Grainger Hines and Leon Addison Brown.
The acquisition of both is understood to emanate from the longstanding output deal between BSkyB and HBO, which was recently renewed through 2020 with a co-development and co-production element on the drama side. The two series, which are set to premiere this Autumn, join a strong line up of dramas on Sky Atlantic which also includes such series as Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan, Blue Bloods, Penny Dreadful and their upcoming original series Fortitude.