Netflix UK Snaps Up The CW’s ‘Frequency’ Reboot

frequencyNetflix UK has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to The CW’s Frequency reboot after striking a deal with international distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, TVWise has learned.

The deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. also gives the streaming service exclusive rights to the series in Canada and Australia. The first episode is now available to stream, with subsequent episodes being made available every Thursday, less than 24 hours after they air in the United States.

Frequency tells the story of Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) who discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.

Based on the New Line feature film of the same name, Frequency is produced for The CW by Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures, with executive producers Jeremy Carver, Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. In addition to Peyton List the cast also includes Riley Smith, Devin Kelley, Anthony Ruivivar, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Bonjour and  Lenny Jacobson.

Netflix’s deal for Frequency comes mere weeks after they inked a similar deal, admittedly on a larger scale, for the eOne distributed Kiefer Sutherland thriller Designated Survivor. At Netflix UK, Frequency joins a slate of exclusive imports that also includes Once Upon A TimeThe OriginalsPretty Little Liars, ReignCrazy Ex-GirlfriendBetter Call SauliZombie and Shadowhunters.

Notably, after an initially slow-start, this is the ninth deal that UK broadcasters have agreed for one of the new entries from the 2016-2017 broadcast season since the LA Screenings back in May. Previous such deals saw various UK broadcasters swoop for Star Trek: Discovery (Netflix UK), Lethal Weapon (ITV), Designated Survivor (Netflix UK), The Great Indoors (ITV2), This Is Us (Channel 4), Conviction (Sky Living) and, most recently, Pure Genius (Universal Channel).

  • Carl Waring

    No doubt this will be billed as another “Netflix original” despite that not being actually true. Will give it a go though.

    • Ha! Well that is what they’re calling Syfy’s The Expanse, which they also just picked up.

    • grace

      They all do this. International shows Amazon and Hulu get the rights for in the US are called originals, too. It’s really more of a way to signify that they are the show’s “network” in that country than it is to say “we made this show.”