FOX UK has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the fifth season of anthology series American Horror Story (which is subtitled Hotel) and the second-run rights to Seth MacFarlane’s newest animated series Bordertown.
American Horror Story: Hotel is the fifth season of hit anthology series American Horror Story, which airs on FX in the United States. Few details have been released other than the fact that showrunner Ryan Murphy is returning, while cast members will include Lady Gaga, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley and Matt Bomer. Jessica Lange no longer be a member of the cast.
From Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane, Bordertown, which will initially air in the UK on ITV2, is set in a fictitious desert town near the Mexico border and centers on the intertwining daily lives of two neighbors: Bud Buckwald and Ernesto Gonzales. The voice cast includes Hank Azaria, Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander and Nicholas Gonzalez.
FOX UK unveiled the two pick-ups as part of wider announcement spelling out the state of several of their imports from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, which was made in an attempt to dispel some of the rumours that have been circulating since ITV2 agreed a wide ranging deal which gave them the FTA rights to all of Seth MacFarlane’s animated comedies.
As part of today’s announcement FOX UK has revealed that they have retained second window rights to Family Guy and will air new episodes 12 months after they premiere on free-to-air television. They also continue to hold repeat rights to The Cleveland Show, which initially aired in the UK on E4.
TVWise previously revealed that the FIC owned and operated channel also continues to hold first run rights to American Dad! as part of a longstanding life-of-series deal with the studio’s international distribution division. The eleventh season of American Dad! will receive its UK premiere on FOX UK on Thursday May 21st at 10pm.