UKTV’s Alibi Channel Acquires ‘The Closer’ Spin-Off ‘Major Crimes’

Major Crimes is getting a second UK broadcaster. UKTV has acquired the The Closer spin-off for their crime focussed Alibi channel. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution handles global sales. The first season of Major Crimes is set to premiere on Alibi later this year.

Universal TV (previously known as Universal Channel) held first window UK rights to Major Crimes during its entire six season run. That deal between Universal and WBITD was brokered in 2013. Alibi was a natural home for the repeat rights to Major Crimes – after all they also served as the second run home to The Closer after the Kyra Sedgwick fronted series wrapped its run on More4.

Created by James Duff, Major Crimes follows the major crimes division of the LAPD under the command of Sharon Raydor. The drama series is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television and stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni, Graham Patrick Martin, Robert Gossett, Jonathan Del Arco, Jessica Meraz, Daniel di Tomasso and Leonard Roberts. Recurring guest stars include Jon Tenney, Ransford Doherty, Kathe Mazur, Rene Rosado, Dawnn Lewis and Bill Brochtrup.

Full disclosure: TVWise’s book imprint, TVWise Books, has announced plans to publish a non-fiction book about Major Crimes. TVWise Editor In Chief Patrick Munn is the author.