EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Prime Video UK has decided no to pick up the third season of the Donald Sutherland TV drama Crossing Lines from Tandem Communications, TVWise can reveal. At the same time, UKTV’s Alibi channel, who held linear rights to the show’s first two seasons, following Amazon’s exclusive window, has swooped in and secured the show’s third season.
Despite Amazon’s decision not to continue with the show, the first two seasons will continue to be available to stream for UK Prime members. It is believed that the numerous changes made to the series for its third season – most notably the exits of original cast members William Fichtner, Marc Lavoine, Richard Flood and Gabriella Pession – were a factor in the decision.
The new deal between UKTV and Tandem now makes Alibi the sole UK broadcaster for new episodes of Crossing Lines and comes after the show proved to be a ratings hit for the channel across its first two seasons. The twelve episode third season of Crossing Lines will premiere on Alibi later this year.
The agreement between the two companies was brokered by UKTV’s Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Alexandra Finlay. “We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Tandem and Studio Canal on season three of this stand-out crime drama, which has proved a great fit with Alibi’s slate of fantastic crime content”, Finlay said in a statement.
At Alibi, Crossing Lines joins a growing roster of first run drama series that includes the Nathan Fillion starrer Castle, ABC’s new hit thriller Quantico, TNT’s veteran procedural Rissoli & Isles and the Morris Chestnut procedural Rosewood – which UKTV just acquired in an exclusive deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.
“Crossing Lines has proved a hit with Alibi viewers and we are delighted to be bringing them more of the shows they love. It is fast-paced and full of suspense”, added Adrian Wills, General Manager of Alibi. “This fantastic third installment will definitely appeal to the growing ranks of Alibi fans.”
Created and developed by Edward Allen Bernero and Rola Bauer, Crossing Lines is set in exotic locations and taps into the charter of the International Criminal Court to investigate serialized cross-border crimes and to hunt down global criminals. The series originally followed former NYPD Detective Carl Hickman (Fichtner) and his colleagues at the Hague.
The third season will pick up six months after the season two finale, in which Major Louis Daniel (Marc Lavoine) was shot and killed. Michel Dorn has to bring the team back together, with a number of new additions, after one of his prosecutors goes missing. Joining the cast this season is Goran Visnjic (ER, Extant), Elizabeth Mitchell (Revolution, Once Upon A Time), Stuart Martin (Babylon, A Song For Jenny) and Naomi Battrick (Some Girls, Stonemouth); while returning cast members include Donald Sutherland, Lara Rossi and Tom Wlaschiha.
Crossing Lines is produced by Tandem for TF1 in France, Germany’s Sat.1 and Sony’s international AXN Channels. Frank Spotnitz, whose production company Big Light has a first look deal with Tandem, joined the series as executive producer/showrunner for season three, replacing co-creator Ed Bernero who exited at the end of season two. Co-creator and Tandem executive Rola Bauer also serves as an executive producer. Crossing Lines has yet to be renewed for a fourth season.