Universal Channel Acquires UK Rights To CBS’ ‘Battle Creek’, Sets October Premiere

Battle CreekBattle Creek is coming to the UK.

Universal Channel has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the short-lived CBS drama from David Shore (House) and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) after striking a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television, TVWise has learned. Battle Creek will premiere on Universal Channel on Tuesday October 6th at 10pm.

Battle Creek tells the story of two very different cops, Detective Russ Agnew and FBI Special Agent Milton Chamberlain, who are teamed up to clean up the mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. The drama series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios and stars Dean Winters (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Kal Penn (House), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Aubrey Dollar (Women’s Murder Club), Edward “Grapevine” Fordham (One on One), Liza Lapira (Super Fun Night) and Damon Herriman (Justified).

Battle Creek is the latest major scripted buy for Universal Channel in the past 12 months as parent company NBCUniversal International Networks has been increasing its spend here in the UK. It follows the deal with Disney Media Distribution which saw Universal acquire multiple seasons of the Shonda Rhimes series How To Get Away With Murder and also comes mere months after the channel opted not to renew their licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for Graceland.

Notably, Battle Creek is the latest series from the 2014-2015 season to land a UK deal after it was cancelled state-side. Such deals are rare but are good value for UK buyers as the studios tend to be more flexible on licence fee. Other one-and-dones to have scored UK sales after they were cancelled state-side in recent years have included Backstrom, which went to FOX UK over the Summer; and CBS’ Bad Teacher, which was acquired by Comedy Central UK this past April.