Exclusive: While the major UK broadcasters are still mulling which new US shows to bring to the UK, a number of channels have renewed licensing deals and acquired subsequent seasons to the various American shows which have proved successful.
Over at UKTV, I’m told that the company has renewed its licensing deals for Grimm, Rizzoli & Isles, Suits and Covert Affairs. I am also being told that UKTV is looking to lock down the rights to season five of Castle, season three of Body of Proof and the second season of Hart of Dixie and expect to do so within the next three months. My sources also tell me that, while nothing is set in stone, the second season of Grimm is penciled in to premiere on Watch this coming winter, the third season of Rizzoli & Isles is penciled in to premiere on Alibi in either Winter 2012 or spring 2013, the second season of Suits is set to premiere on Dave this Autumn and I’m told that the third season of Covert Affairs will premiere on Really this Autumn.
I also hear that BSkyB has renewed deals for a number of their acquisitions including Touch, Fringe, Glee, Spartacus, The Middle, Modern Family, Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles. I also hear that BSkyB are in talks to acquire the rights to the third season of Blue Bloods, the eighth season of Bones and the eighth season of Criminal Minds. The final season of Fringe, the second season of Touch, the third season of Hawaii Five-0 and the fourth seasons of Glee, Modern Family and The Middle are currently set to premiere on Sky 1 this Autumn, while the fourth season of NCIS: Los Angeles and the final season of Spartacus (subtitled The War of the Damned) are set to premiere on Sky 1 in early 2013.
Elsewhere, Channel 4 has acquired the rights to the second season of Homeland and plans to air the show’s second season in October, FX UK has the rights to the third season of The Walking Dead and the fifth season of True Blood with both seasons being eyed for Autumn launches. While over at Channel 5, the company has acquired the rights to the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy and the second season of Alphas. I’m told that season five of Sons of Anarchy will launch in early 2013, while the second season of Alphas is currently pencilled in for an October premiere.