Comedy Central Acquires UK Rights To CBS’ ‘Friends With Better Lives’

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Comedy Central UK has sealed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to CBS’ upcoming comedy series Friends With Better Lives. The comedy series, which stars James Van Der Beek, will premiere on Comedy Central “in the coming months”.

Created by Dana Klein, Friends With Better Lives revolves around a group of thirtysomething friends who each think the other has it better. The comedy series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars James Van Der Beek, Zoe Lister, Brooklyn Decker, Rick Donald, Kevin Connolly and Majandra Delfino. The pilot was directed by comedy veteran James Burrows, with Klein and Aaron Kaplan serving as executive producers.

“I am thrilled that Friends With Better Lives is coming exclusively to Comedy Central UK later this year”, said Brad Wood, Comedy Central UK’s Director of Acquisitions. “The show which follows the lives, loves and nights out of six friends turning 30, looks set to be one of the funniest new series to come out of the US this Spring. It’s a great fit with our audience and a fantastic addition to the exciting line up we have planned over the coming months.”

While Steve Cornish, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, added: “Friends With Better Lives is a fantastic comedy with a stellar ensemble cast, led by James Van Der Beek and Entourage’s Kevin Connolly. The pilot is directed by the legendary director James Burrows, who has been behind such iconic series as Cheers, Friends, Will& Grace and Frasier. We are very excited to be launching this show on Comedy Central UK.”

With this deal between Comedy Central UK and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, which covers the first and (prospective) second seasons of the series, Friends With Better Lives becomes the third new broadcast series from the 2013-2014 season to find a UK home on Comedy Central. The broadcaster, which is a joint venture between Viacom and BSkyB, also acquired CBS comedies The Millers and We Are Men, whilst also snapping up The Middle, which had previously been broadcast by Sky1 in the UK.