Supernatural is returning to UK television.
E4 has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the ninth and tenth seasons of The CW’s drama series Supernatural after striking a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, TVWise has learned.
Created by Erick Kripke, Supernatural follows the Winchester brothers as they hunt down the various creatures of the supernatural which inhabit the backroads of America. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, the drama series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, with Jim Beaver, James Patrick Stuart, Mark Pellegrino, Benito Martinez, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard and Kevin McNally appearing in recurring roles.
The announcement, which was made by E4’s parent company Channel 4 on Twitter, comes after the series – which still ranks as one of the highest rated series on The CW in the United States – has been without a UK broadcaster for the better part of a year.
Supernatural has had something of a chequered history in the UK. It originally began its life on ITV, who aired the show’s first four seasons on diginet ITV2, but BSkyB swooped in and poached the rights to the show in 2009, after they acquired the Living TV group. After that, the satcaster aired the fifth through eighth seasons (first on Living, then Sky Living) between 2010 and 2013, before dropping the show earlier this year.
For E4, the Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles fronted show is joining a strong lineup of first run US imports that includes Jane The Virgin, Marry Me, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, The 100, Revenge, Melissa & Joey, Almost Royal and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Supernatural is set to premiere on E4 in January 2015.