UKTV Picks Up ‘Harrow’, ‘The Assets’, ‘American Housewife’. Renews Deal For ‘Quantico’ & ‘Code Black’
UKTV has acquired a multi-show deal with Disney UK which will see them bring a host of brand new and returning series to air exclusively in the UK on W and Alibi in 2018.
The three new to the UK shows are ‘Harrow‘, starring Ioan Gruffudd (‘Liar’, ‘Hornblower’, ‘Fantastic Four’), 3 seasons of US comedy ‘American Housewife‘ starring Katy Mixon (‘Mike and Molly’), and miniseries ‘The Assets’ featuring Jodie Whittaker (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Broadchurch’). The two returning shows will be Season 3 of ‘Quantico‘, which will air on Alibi, and Seasons 3 and 4 of ‘Code Black‘, which return to W.
“We are thrilled to be working with Disney once again to bring these gripping shows to British viewers first,” commented Emma Sparks, head of acquisitions at UKTV. “From emergencies in the operating theatre to solving crimes in sunny Brisbane, we are proud to add these series to UKTV’s growing slate of premiere acquisitions.”
‘Harrow’ features Ioan Gruffudd as forensic pathologist Dr Daniel Harrow. Brilliant, unorthodox and mysterious, Dr Harrow’s total disregard for authority and his unfailing empathy for the dead help him solve even the most bizarre of cases. Set in Australia, Harrow is co-created by Secrets and Lies writer, Stephen M. Irwin and producer, Leigh McGrath, and produced by ABC Studios International, Hoodlum Entertainment, and the Australian Broadcasting Company. The show will air on Alibi.
‘American Housewife’, comes to W, and chronicles the daily life of housewife Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) as she tries to stand out among the wealthy and pretentious housewives and their privileged children in her new hometown of Westport, Connecticut.
‘The Assets’ is an eight-part drama coming to W, starring Jodie Whittaker as CIA officer Sandra Grimes. The series is based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed.
‘Quantico’ returns to Alibi in June 2018 and follows the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia. Priyanka Chopra (‘Baywatch’) returns as Alex Parrish and she’s joined by an all-star cast including Russell Tovey (‘Being Human’, ‘Him and Her’), Johanna Braddy (‘Paranormal Activity 3′) and Blair Underwood (‘The Good Wife’, ‘Rules of Engagement’).
‘Code Black’ will return to W with Seasons 3, and potentially Season 4 should ABC pick it up. The emergency room drama follows four first-year residents and their colleagues who must tend to patients in an understaffed, busy emergency room that lacks sufficient resources.
“With this broad new range of hit series, we’re sure to offer something to cater to all UKTV viewers’ tastes,” adds Dayna Donaldson, general manager, Media Distribution, Disney UK & Ireland. “We are looking forward to working with UKTV to bring the crime drama Harrow to the UK for the first time, following its great success in Australia, as the first co-production out of ABC Studios International’s London-based team.”
‘Quantico‘ is confirmed as returning in June 2018 with the other shows coming throughout the year.
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