UKTV has closed a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to NBC’s mid-season drama series Do No Harm for its Watch channel. In addition, the broadcaster has also renewed its existing licensing deals with the distributor and picked up future seasons of Grimm (which airs on Watch) and Suits (which airs on Dave). The pick up of future seasons of both Grimm and Suits had been expected for some time as both show’s have proven to be big hits for their respective channels. The first season of Grimm averaged just over one million viewers per episode for Watch and Suits pulled in an average audience of 700 000 viewers per episode during its first season on Dave.
Penned by David Schulner, Do No Harm has been described as a Jekyll & Hyde inspired series which follows Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all – a lucrative career, confident charm, the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he’s never seen before, he knows one thing: it’s happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable – seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality who goes by the name of ‘Ian Price.’ For years he’s battled Ian, keeping him in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his – their – body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian’s hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor. With everyone Jason cares about at risk – patients, friends, coworkers and even the woman he loves – he’s got to stop Ian once and for all. Will they find some common ground, or will they bring each other down?
Speaking of the deal with NBCUniversal, UKTV’s Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Alexandra Finlay, said: “UKTV is committed to showcasing the best premium drama content and we’re delighted to extend our collaboration with NBCUniversal on this new deal. Do No Harm makes a fabulous addition to Watch’s ‘out of the ordinary’ proposition, and securing future seasons of Grimm and Suits ensures our viewers will continue to enjoy these shows as UK premieres.”
While Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International, added: “We are very pleased to extend our relationship with UKTV through this deal. Do No Harm is an exciting new drama that will complement the existing series on Watch, and securing future seasons of established audience favourites, like Grimm and Suits, demonstrates UKTV’s long-term commitment to bringing exceptional programming to its viewers.”
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