Fresh off of losing Chicago PD to Sky Witness, 5USA has added a new first run U.S. acquisition to their slate. Channel 5’s digi-net has acquired the UK rights to NBC’s short-lived spy thriller The Enemy Within after striking a deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution. The series is expected to premiere in early 2020.
The Enemy Within tells the story of Erica Shepherd, a brilliant former CIA operative who is now known as the most notorious traitor in American history serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well.
For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one. The drama series, which was cancelled after a single 13 episode season, is produced by Universal Television and stars Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey, Kelli Garner, Cassandra Freeman and Noah Mills. Ken Woodruff created the series and serves as an executive producer alongside Matt Corman, Chris Ord and Charles Beeson.
The Enemy Within has the distinction of being 5USA’s only first run U.S. scripted acquisition. The hold repeat rights to numerous other procedurals including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Private Eyes, Rookie Blue, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Ransom and Hannibal.
Check out NBC’s trailer for The Enemy Within below: