Lifetime UK is turning to a web series for their next acquisition.
The female skewing channel has snapped up the exclusive UK rights to the WIGS series Blue starring Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum) for their Spring schedule, TVWise has learned.
Blue stars Stiles as the title character, who works as an accountant by day, but as an escort by night. As she leads two lives she struggles to keep these worlds apart. Ultimately, Blue is threatened with exposure and becomes desperate to shield her son from the truth, forcing her to descend deeper in to a world of deception. William Peterson, Eric Stoltz, James Morrison and Uriah Shelton also star.
The series is produced for WIGS, the YouTube channel launched in 2012 by Jon Avnet and Blue creator Rodrigo Garcia with a decided focus on scripted drama, and has aired three seasons. As part of their deal with Fox, Blue and other WIGS series have also aired longer-form, TV-length episodes on Hulu and Hulu Plus.
Lifetime UK’s deal for Blue covers the content produced for the first two seasons, which originally unspooled on YouTube as close to 40 webisodes. For its run on Lifetime, those webisodes have been re-cut into 10 hour-long episodes, which will begin airing on the channel on Monday March 2nd at 10pm.
This is the latest acquisition for Lifetime UK, who have been in the market for more exclusive first run dramas for the past few months. Since its launch in November 2013, the channel has been the exclusive UK home to such drama series as Witches Of East End, Bonnie & Clyde, Rosemary’s Baby and The Client List.