EXCLUSIVE: With the 5 broadcast networks in the US set to give their upfront presentations in New York City in a few weeks time, we’ve been receiving a lot of emails asking us if we knew when a number of series currently airing state-side and certain new shows would be headed to the UK and when one show would be continuing in the UK. After getting in touch with official representatives and various sources at the the distributors and broadcasters involved TVWise has been able to pin down the statuses of the second season of A&E’s (now cancelled) drama series Breakout Kings, The CW’s The Carrie Diaries and Showtime’s new drama series Ray Donovan.
A&E’s drama series about a task-force of convicted felons assisting the US Marshals Service locate and apprehend escaped prisoners ran for two seasons before being cancelled last year. The series was picked up by UK broadcaster Universal Channel last April and, as we reported at the time, per their deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution Universal acquired the rights to the show’s first season and held an option on the first window rights to the show’s second season. After receiving word on the fate of the series from a source, who indicated that the show’s second season would not be airing on Universal in the UK, I reached out to representatives of Universal Channel and they confirmed that they have not exercised their option on season 2 and have no plans at present to continue with the series.
The Carrie Diaries
The CW’s The Carrie Diaries had a so-so reception when it was screened by UK buyers at last years LA Screenings. It generated some ok buzz, but nothing as strong as Arrow or Revolution, for example. It has also had a so-so reception in the United States, where it is firmly on the bubble and could well be cancelled by the time of the upfronts in a few weeks. However, over the last month there has been increasing chatter that the series would be landing with a UK broadcaster. One source now tells me that a UK deal for The Carrie Diaries is in the final stages and a joint press release from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and the broadcaster in question should be issued in the next month. That source, however, refused to identify which UK broadcaster was on the verge of acquiring the series, though from what I hear likely buyers are thought to be either Channel 4, Channel 5 or BSkyB’s Sky Living.
Showtime’s new drama series which follows a “fixer” in Los Angeles has been generating some solid buzz and has been a series (alongside Showtime’s Penny Dreadful) that has been cited as “certain” to land a UK sale. I understand that BSkyB (presumably for their Sky Atlantic channel) is in talks with CBS Studios International to acquire the series for their schedule. For those unaware of the show: Ray Donovan was created by Ann Biderman and is described as a richly textured family drama that centers on Ray Donovan, L.A.’s best professional “trouble shooter.” He’s the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city’s elite. He can make anyone’s problems disappear…except the ones he can’t escape created by his own damaged Boston “Southie” family. The series stars Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Paula Malcomson, Kate Moennig, Steven Bauer, Pooch Hall, Johnathon Schaech, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby and Peter Jacobson.