EXCLUSIVE: With pilot season, the upfronts and the LA Screenings now behind us, numerous UK broadcasters are in various stages of acquiring next season’s new shows for their schedules (Sky Living just acquired The Blacklist from Sony Pictures Television and Channel 4 acquired Showtime’s Masters of Sex, again from Sony Pictures Television, while Disney Media Distributions’ Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. & CBS Studios International’s The Millers and We Are Men are also close to landing sales with UK broadcasters). While all eyes are on these new series and the various deals that are being hammered out, TVWise continues its extensive acquisitions coverage with our breakdown of which current shows will be coming back later this year or early next.
In this latest rundown (following our rundowns on Alibi, Channel 5, Comedy Central, Dave, FOX, ITV, ITV2, Really, Syfy UK, TCM, Universal Channel and Watch) we take a look at the shows on BSkyB’s (Sky1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Living) and Channel 4’s (Channel 4, E4 and More4) portfolio of channels. The vast majority of US imports from both broadcasters will be returning later this year or early next. I’ve confirmed that they have picked up the new seasons of Blue Bloods, Glee, Elementary, Homeland, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife and more. Full details follow below…
BSkyB’s flagship channel Sky1 has picked up the new seasons of most of their current imports. Per the terms of a multi-year contract with CBS Studios International the channel holds the UK rights to Hawaii Five-0 season 4 and NCIS: Los Angeles season 5. Under existing deals with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Sky1 has picked up the UK rights to Glee season 5, Last Man Standing season 2 and Modern Family season 5. In addition, Sky1 has picked up the UK rights to Arrow season 2 and Revolution season 2 from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. I hear that Arrow, Last Man Standing and Modern Family are being eyed for Autumn premieres, while Glee, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles and Revolution are set to premiere in 2014. Sky1 also continues to hold the rights to The Simpsons, with the second half of the show’s 24th season set to air later this year.
Sister channel Sky Atlantic has extended its licensing deal with CBS Studios International and picked up the UK rights to the fourth season of Blue Bloods and the fifth season of the Showtime comedy series Nurse Jackie. The channel has also picked up the rights to the second season of The Following from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. Under an existing life-of-series deal with Lionsgate TV, Sky Atlantic holds the rights to the seventh and final season of the AMC drama series Mad Men. I hear that the fourth season of Blue Bloods will premiere later this year; while the second season of The Following, the seventh season of Mad Men and the fifth season of Nurse Jackie are tentatively scheduled to premiere in early 2014. As part of an output deal inked with HBO in 2010, Sky Atlantic continues to hold the UK rights to the vast majority of HBO’s original programming output (the only exceptions are Eastbound & Down and True Blood, the first run rights to which are held by FOX UK) and as such holds the rights to new drama series True Detective as well as Banshee season 2, Boardwalk Empire season 4, Game of Thrones season 4, Girls season 3 and Veep seasons 2 & 3.
BSkyB’s female-skewing Sky Living has extended its licensing deal with CBS Studios International and picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of CBS’ drama series Elementary. The channel has also picked up the rights to Grey’s Anatomy season 10 and Criminal Minds season 9 from Disney Media Distribution; Bones season 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution; Unforgettable season 2 from Sony Pictures Television; Chicago Fire season 2 from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution; and Hannibal season 2 from Gaumont International Television. I hear that Elementary season 2, Grey’s Anatomy season 9, Unforgettable season 2 and Chicago Fire season 2 will premiere later this year alongside recent acquisition The Blacklist; while Bones season 9, Criminal Minds season 9 and Hannibal season 2 are being eyed for 2014 premieres.
Channel 4’s main channel has only two first run imports (though they will be adding a third this Autumn) and both of those will be back for their new seasons either later this year or in 2014. Under a prior contract extension with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Channel 4 holds the rights to the third season of the Showtime series Homeland (and there is already talk of picking up season 4). In addition, after performing strongly in the ratings, Channel 4 recently picked up the UK rights to the second season of The Returned (aka Les Revenants) from Zodiak Rights. I hear that Homeland season 3 will premiere this October, alongside new acquisition Masters of Sex; while the second season of The Returned is expected to premiere in late 2014.
Digi-channel E4 has extended its licensing deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and picked up the UK rights to the third season of the CBS comedy series 2 Broke Girls. E4 has also picked up the UK rights to the seventh season of The Big Bang Theory from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution; the third season of Revenge from Disney Media Distribution; the second season of The Mindy Project from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution; the seventh and final season of Rules of Engagement from CBS Studios International; and the third season of New Girl and the ninth season of How I Met Your Mother from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. I hear that the final season of Rules of Engagement will premiere next month. 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother are set to premiere later this year; while Revenge, The Mindy Project and New Girl are being eyed for 2014 premieres.
Over at More4, the channel is home to a number of high end US drama series’. I have learned that the channel has picked up the UK rights to the fifth season of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife. In addition, I’m told by sources that More4 has extended its licensing deals with Lionsgate TV and picked up the second seasons of both Boss and Nashville. As we reported last month, word coming out of Channel 4 was that they were in early talks to acquire the third season of Scandal from Disney Media Distribution (though the recent ratings declines of the series may put that on hold) and I’m also told that More4 is also in the process of acquiring the final season of The Big C from Sony. I hear that the fifth season of The Good Wife, the second season of Nashville and the final season of Boss will premiere in early 2014.