AMC Acquires UK Rights To ‘Manhattan’ & ‘Weeds’

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Ahead of the channel’s launch later this week, AMC UK is adding two exclusive acquisitions to their drama slate.

AMC UK has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the first two seasons of WGN America atomic bomb period drama Manhattan, and all eight seasons of Showtime’s dark-comedy series Weeds – the final two seasons of which have never aired on UK television following Sky Atlantic’s decision to drop the series in 2013. Both Manhattan and Weeds were acquired in a deal with Lionsgate Television.

Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science – the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico – and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. The series stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus.

WeedsFrom Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan, Weeds follows Nancy Botwin, a suburban California mother who is forced to start selling marijuana when the unexpected death of her husband leaves her and her family in dire financial straits. The series, which ran for eight seasons on Showtime between 2005 and 2012, stars Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Justin Kirk, Tonye Patano, Romany Malco, Indigo, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Andy Milder, Allie Grant and Kevin Nealon.

Elsewhere, AMC UK has agreed separate deals with Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate Television to pick up Crackle original series Cleaners and all five seasons of Breaking Bad, and all seven seasons of Mad Men, respectively. The channel has also acquired a raft of films from the two distributors and Icon Film Distribution. These acquisitions are the latest additions to AMC UK’s launch line-up after the channel previously announced that they had acquired the UK rights to The Walking Dead companion series Fear The Walking Dead and the Sundance TV original series Rectify.

“BT customers will soon have exclusive access to some of the most anticipated new original series and movies as part of AMC’s launch later this week”, said Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV & BT Sport. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the most compelling new content from one of the world’s most celebrated TV channels for audiences in the months ahead.”

“We’re excited to offer audiences a terrific line-up of exclusive original series and films on AMC as part of our first-ever launch in the UK in partnership with BT”, added Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. “Combined with the first window UK premieres of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘Rectify’, AMC will offer an unparalleled selection of programming that will appeal to a wide range of adult audiences.”

  • james

    Manhattan was a better show than I anticipated, the choice of actors helped a lot. Hopefully the writers will have a contingency for a suitable finale if as has been the case with other shows the producers decide to pull the plug, but I think the ratings may be sufficient for another renewal.