Sky1 Acquires UK Rights To ‘Supergirl’, Eyes October Premiere

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Sky1 has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to CBS’ upcoming DC series Supergirl, TVWise has learned. The series is expected to premiere on Sky1 this October, shortly after it debuts in the United States.

Penned by Ali Adler and Greg Berlanti, Supergirl tells the story of Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin who escaped her homeplanet Krypton amidst its destruction. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. The drama series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood and Chyler Leigh.

Ever since the LA Screenings, all eyes have been on Supergirl, which, while not “wowing” buyers in the same way other series did, was always expected to sell well internationally. As TVWise previously reported, there was something of a heated bidding war for the series, with ITV2 and Channel 4 both making a play, but it was largely expected to land at Sky1, who are the exclusive UK home to the other two big DC series Arrow and The Flash.

“I am delighted to announce Supergirl is coming to Sky 1″, said Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky1. “We’ve already seen in the success of The Flash and Arrow that comic-book characters are a big hit with our customers, and with this fresh, fast-paced new series, we’re giving them another sure-fire superhero smash.”

With this pick-up some eleven new shows from the 2015-2016 broadcast season have been sold into the UK. UKTV has acquired Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Quantico and Code Black from Disney Media Distribution; while Sky previously acquired Blindspot, The Muppets, Limitless and The Catch from international distributors WBITD, CBSSI and DMD; and E4 has acquired Scream Queens from Fox and Containment and Rush Hour from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.