E4 Acquires FTA Rights To NBC’s ‘The Good Place’

The Good Place has a second UK home.

E4 has picked up the free-to-air rights to the NBC comedy series from international distributor NBCUniversal International Distribution. The show’s thirteen episode first season will premiere on the Channel 4 owned digi-net on Thursday December 13th at 9pm.

This deal between E4 parent Channel 4 and NBCU has no bearing on the existing global first run licensing agreement with Netflix. The streaming service retains said rights and will continue to make new episodes available within 24 hours of their U.S. broadcast.

The Good Place follows Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, and thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael, the wise architect of the Good Place (who doesn’t know he’s made a mistake), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome person within. The comedy series is produced by Universal Television and stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden.

At E4, The Good Place joins a slate of U.S. scripted comedy acquisitions that includes: CBS’ The Big Bang TheoryYoung Sheldon and Happy Together; ABC’s Black-ish and The Goldbergs; and the Fox-turned-NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The Good Place also marks the second high profile series that E4 nabbed second window/free-to-air rights to in recent months, after they also acquired Fear The Walking Dead (which initally airs in the UK on AMC Global).