Syfy UK has closed a deal with sister company NBCUniversal International Distribution to acquire the exclusive UK rights to Killjoys, TVWise has learned.
Additionally, in a separate deal with CBS Studios International, the NBCU owned channel has also picked up the UK linear rights to the second and final season of Extant.
“Both Killjoys and Extant will grip audiences from the start, truly fulfilling the channel’s ‘Imagine Greater’ promise,” said Colin McLeod, NBCUniversal International Networks’ Managing Director, UK and Emerging Markets. “We are so pleased to start 2016 with two such exciting shows.”
From Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta, Killjoys follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war. The drama series, which has been renewed for a second season, is produced by Temple Street Productions and stars Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13).
A deal for Killjoys has been in the works for months. Syfy UK first identified the series as a target back in May, eyeing it for a spot on their 2016 schedule. It was only after Dominion and Defiance were cancelled back in October that, as TVWise exclusively reported at the time, the channel entered negotiations for the series.
Meanwhile, the acquisition of Extant’s second season, which has already aired on Amazon in the UK, comes after the first season pulled in strong ratings for Syfy UK in early 2014, when it premiered to more than 400K viewers. Both the second season of Extant and the debut season of Killjoys will premiere on Syfy UK in January, though precise premiere dates have not yet been set.
Killjoys and Extant are the latest additions to Syfy UK’s line-up for next year, joining the second seasons of 12 Monkeys and Dark Matter, which are set to premiere later in the year. Sources tell TVWise that the channel remains in talks with Warner Bros. to pick up the third season of The Originals and are looking to acquire a number of new series in the next 12 months to fill the holes left in the schedule by the conclusion of Continuum, Haven, Lost Girl, Defiance and Dominion.