Comedy Central UK is adding two US sitcoms to their line-up.
The VIMN backed broadcaster has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to NBC’s Undateable. In addition, Comedy Central UK has also inked an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the UK rights to the third season of Bob’s Burgers. Broadcast first reported the news.
Based on the book by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle and was developed for television by Adam Sztykiel, Undateable follows the “Undateables”, a group of friends who are this close to finding a relationship — they just need a little help. That help arrives in the form of the confident and atrractive Danny Burton, who forever changes the lives of the “Undateables”. The comedy series is produced by Warner Bros Television and atsr Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Rick Glassman, Ron Funches, Bianca Kajlich, David Fynn and Briga Heelan.
Bob’s Burgers follows a third-generation restaurateur as he runs his own burger joint with the help of his wife and their three kids. The animated series features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal. Bob’s Burgers‘ first two seasons aired on E4, before they dropped the series due to declining ratings.
Comedy Central UK’s deal with Warner Bros gives the channel rights to the first three seasons of Undateable, while the Fox deal also gives the channel the rights to complete series of Malcolm In The Middle. This represents the latest bit of business between Comedy Central UK and WB following the recent deal extension for Friends, which ensured the 1990s sitcom will remain on the channel through to at least 2019.
Undateable and Bob’s Burgers are the latest exclusive imports for Comedy Central UK, who have been fairly active when it comes to US acquisitions in the past few years. The broadcaster made it known ahead of the recent LA Screenings that they were in the market for at least one new show, following the conclusion of Two And A Half Men. It is not immediately clear if they will be securing a new series from the 2015-2016 season following these deals.