The Returned is heading to the UK.
Netflix UK has acquired the exclusive UK broadcast rights to A&E’s hour-long drama series from Lost and Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse after agreeing a deal with international distributor FremantleMedia International, TVWise has learned.
Penned by Carlton Cuse and Raelle Tucker, The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences.
The 10 episode drama, which is an adaptation of French series Les Revenants, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pellegrino, Jeremy Sisto, India Ennenga, Sandrine Holt, Agnes Bruckner, Sophie Lowe, Tandi Wright, Mat Vairo, Kevin Alejandro, Dylan Kingwell, Aaron Douglas, Dakota Guppy, Leah Gibson, Michelle Forbes, Rhys Ward, Scott Hylands, Terry Chen and Roger Cross.
Netflix UK’s acquisition of the series emanates from a larger global deal between Netflix and FremantleMedia International, which has seen the streaming service take exclusive rights to The Returned in all territories outside of the US and Canada. The Returned will be made available on Netflix in North America next year.
“Carlton and Raelle are incredible storytellers whose previous shows, Lost and True Blood, intrigued audiences around the world” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s Vice President of Global Independent Content. “We can’t wait for our global audience to see Carlton and Raelle’s interpretation of The Returned, a sensation in its own right that we think is perfect for Netflix.”
For its part The Returned is the latest exclusive acquisition for Netflix UK, who have been significantly increasing their content spend over the past 18 months. Other series to air exclusively on Netflix UK include The League, It’s Alway’s Sunny In Philadelphia, Pretty Little Liars and Better Call Saul.
The Returned will premiere on Netflix UK on Tuesday March 10th, less than 24 hours after its debuts on A&E in the United States. Further episodes will be made available every Tuesday through to the season one finale in May.