Sky1 has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to The CW’s The Flash and ABC’s Forever, it was announced today at the Edinburgh TV festival.
The Flash follows Barry Allen, a scientist who, through a freak accident, is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive.The drama series is being produced by Warner Bros. Television & Berlanti Productions and stars Grant Gustin (Arrow), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness), Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Candice Patton (The Game), Tom Cavanagh (Royal Pains) and Carlos Valdes. The executive producers are Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter.
Penned by Matthew Miller, Forever follows Dr Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, but what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason: He is immortal. With the help of detective Jo Martinez, the show peels back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life through their cases. The drama, from Warner Bros. Television, stars Ioan Gruffudd, Judd Hirsch, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, Barbara Eve Harris and Donnie Keshawarz.
The two dramas, which will launch on Sky1 later this year, mark only the second and third shows from the upcoming 2014-2015 season to have secured UK sales, following on from Channel 5’s acquisition of Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham. At Sky1 they join a strong line up of US imports such as The Simpsons, Arrow, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0 and Modern Family.
“I am delighted to announce that The Flash and Forever are coming to Sky 1, adding to our portfolio of energetic US dramas”, said Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald. “The Flash is a natural partner to Arrow and is sure to be popular with families who are fans of the comic book format and the mesmerising otherworldly drama, Forever, completes a double of quality series that I’m proud to be airing on the channel.”
Both The Flash and Forever were stand out dramas at the recent LA Screenings and owing to The Flash‘s connection to Arrow, it had long been speculated that the series would land at Sky1. That said, it is understood that several other broadcasters, including Channel 4 and Amazon Prime Instant Video UK, had expressed interest in the show.