EXCLUSIVE: Channel 4 has renewed its licensing deals with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution and acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second seasons of 2 Broke Girls and Revenge for its E4 channel. I’m being told that the second season of 2 Broke Girls is set to premiere later this year, while the second season of Revenge is currently scheduled for an early 2013 premiere. These two deals follow on from previous deals signed by Channel 4 in recent months to acquire the rights to NBC’s new comedy series The New Normal, the fourth season of The Good Wife, the second and (prospective) third seasons of Homeland and New Girl, the sixth season of The Big Bang Theory, the third season of The Big C, the fifth season of 90210, the eighth season of How I Met Your Mother, the second season of Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 and the fourth season of The Cleveland Show.
Over at BSkyB, I’m being told that the company’s Sky Atlantic channel, as part of a previous deal, holds the rights to the third season of Showtime’s papal drama series The Borgias. In fact I’m told that the deal BSkyB signed with CBS Studios International to acquire the series was a “life of series” deal and as such Sky Atlantic also holds the rights to any further seasons of the series, for as long as The Borgias is being produced. I’m also being told that Sky Living has the rights to the eighth season of The CW’s drama series Supernatural. Much like The Borgias, I hear that the deal inked with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire Supernatural was also a “life of series” deal and as such Sky Living will hold the rights to any future seasons of the series. BSkyB has also recently inked deals with a number of distributors to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of Touch, the fourth season of Glee, the final season of Spartacus, the third season of Hawaii Five-0 and the fourth season of NCIS: Los Angeles for Sky1; the third season of Blue Bloods, the sixth season of Mad Men and the second season of Smash for Sky Atlantic; and the eighth season of Criminal Minds, the eighth season of Bones and the ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy for Sky Living.