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EXCLUSIVE: Syfy UK is set to be home to a range of new mini-series which feature such talent as Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn and Alias‘s Michael Vartan. My sources tell me that Syfy UK has sealed a deal with Sonar Entertainment to acquire their “Disaster Pack Collection” which includes five mini-series: Cat. 8, Delete, Eve of Destruction, Exploding Sun and Ring of Fire (for our regular readers who are thinking that this sounds familiar, this is the same package of mini-series that was recently acquired by cable network Reelz in the United States). Syfy UK has yet to officially announce these acquisitions (and I’m told by one insider that they won’t), and have only confirmed that they will air Ring of Fire on Monday March 18th and Monday March 25th & Cat. 8 on Monday April 1st and Monday April 8th at 9pm.
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The first season of Syfy’s drama series Being Human will receive its UK premiere on Watch on Thursday April 11th at 9pm, it has been announced.
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BBC One’s one-off TV movie The Lady Vanishes will premiere on Sunday March 17th at 8:30pm, it has been announced.
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The third season of Canadian science-fiction series Lost Girl will receive its UK premiere on Syfy UK on Tuesday April 23rd at 10pm (after new episodes of Defiance, which premieres on Tuesday April 16th at 9pm), it has been announced.
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Syfy UK has closed a deal to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Robot Combat League, TVWise has learned. The show’s first season, which just recently started airing on Syfy in the US, will receive its UK premiere on Syfy UK on Monday April 8th at 8pm.
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EXCLUSIVE: Every year, there are a handful of shows that are considered locks for pick up by UK broadcasters. This past season, shows that fitted into that category were The CW’s Arrow, Fox’s The Following, NBC’s Revolution and CBS’ Elementary, just to name a few. After the LA screenings last year, my sources were clear that multiple broadcasters were interested in each of those series. And that’s usually the way it works, after the various acquisitions departments sample what’s on offer from the various studios at the LA Screenings (usually around May 20th), they’ll make their decisions and go after the UK rights. Sometimes that leads to heated bidding as was the case with NBC’s Revolution – but the point is that the heavy buzz always happens after the LA screenings. Normally, no acquisitions executives will go out on a limb and already be keen on acquiring a given show before sampling it or even before it has landed a series order from one of the US networks. Except, that’s exactly what’s happened this year and given the two shows in question, that is, perhaps, no real surprise. I’ve learned that the acquisitions executives at no less than four UK broadcasters have got their eyes on either (and in one case both) the NCIS: Los Angeles spin-off NCIS: Red and ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and are carefully monitoring pilot season in anticipation of series pick ups from CBS and ABC, respectively.
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One of the worst kept secrets of the last six months has been that A+E Networks UK is gearing up to launch female skewing network Lifetime in the UK, a fact that was first reported by Broadcast Magazine last April.
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Syfy has given the green-light to Helix, a new 13 episode series from former Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ron Moore. The series bypassed the traditional pilot model and was instead handed a straight-to-series order based on the strength on the scripts.
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