FOX UK has made a Murderous acquisition.
The FIC owned and operated channel has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to TNT’s Steven Bochco created drama series Murder In The First, TVWise has learned. The first season will premiere on FOX UK in January 2015
Created by Bochco, Murder In The First is set in San Francisco and is similar to the veteran producer’s 90s show Murder One as its follows a single murder case across each season. The 10 episode first season follows San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English and Hildy Mulligan as they investigate two seemingly unrelated murders. The mystery deepens, however, when they find that both murders have a common denominator in a Silicon Valley wunderkind.
The show, which was recently renewed by TNT for a second season, is produced by TNT Originals and stars Taye Diggs (Private Practice), Kathleen Robertson (Boss), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Mimi Kirkland (Safe Haven), Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time), Ian Anthony Dale (Hawaii Five-0), Bess Rous (What Just Happened) Steven Weber (Dallas, Wings) and Richard Schiff (The West Wing). The executive producers are Steven Bocho and Eric Lodal.
Murder In The First is the latest high profile scripted acquisition for FOX UK in recent months, who have been going after series from cable rather than the more expensive broadcast entries. The pay channel previously closed deals with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for the exclusive UK rights to FX’s Tyrant and Fox’s limited series Wayward Pines.
The serialised drama also joins a number of long established hits on FOX UK such as American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, American Dad and NCIS, which returns to the channel with its twelfth season on Friday January 9th at 9pm. “Murder in the First is a compelling single-case drama, with striking performances and a plot that will keep you guessing ‘whodunit’ until the very end”, said Toby Etheridge, Head of Programming & Scheduling for Fox International Channels UK.