FOX UK Acquires Mark Harmon Fronted ‘Certain Prey’, New ‘Jack Irish’ TV Movie

Certain PreyFOX UK is adding two new TV movies to their line up.

The channel has acquired the UK broadcast rights to John Sandford’s Certain Prey, a one-off TV movie fronted by NCIS star Mark Harmon; and Dead Point, the third entry in the series of Jack Irish TV movies starring Guy Pearce, TVWise has learned.

John Sandford’s Certain Prey follows Lucas Davenport (Harmon), the Deputy Chief of Police for the city of Minneapolis who is called in to investigate when a cop is shot after witnessing the murder of the wife of a local real estate lawyer. The investigation soon zeroes in on hit woman Clara Rinker, and Carmel Loan, a high-powered attorney who had an obsession with the real estate lawyer. As Carmel and Clara try to cover up their crimes, the body count grows and Davenport does what he does best — break all of the rules to close the case.

The TV movie is based on one of the more than 20 novels in the Prey series by John Sandford and was adapted for television by Chris Gerolmo. In addition to Mark Harmon, it also stars Tatiana Maslany (before she became a household name as the star of BBC America’s Orphan Black) and Lola Glaudini (Criminal Minds). Certain Prey was produced for NBCU’s USA Network, who had originally envisioned it as the first entry in a new TV movie franchise. Those plans were subsequently abandoned, however, after the movie aired in 2011 to mediocre ratings.

Jack Irish Dead PointJack Irish: Dead Point follows Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) as he works on a case to locate a mysterious red book after being hired by a high profile Judge (Barry Humphries). Thrown into a world of sexy club owners, dodgy drug dealers, bisexual blackmailers, and unhinged killers, Jack begins to realise that he should follow his instincts and back away very slowly and very quietly – if only the judge wasn’t family.

The film is the third entry in the Jack Irish series of TV movies, which are produced by Essential Media & Entertainment for Australian public broadcaster ABC. FOX UK previously aired the first two Jack Irish movies in 2012, after acquiring them in a deal with international distributor ZDF Enterprises.

Certain Prey and Dead Point, both of which are eyed for December premieres, are the latest pieces of FOX UK’s late 2014 schedule to fall into place. Last week the FIC owned channel acquired the AMC unscripted series Freak Show, which premieres on November 26th; while said schedule also includes the new seasons of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.

Watch USA Network’s original promo for Certain Prey below: