Sky To Launch Sky Crime & Sky Comedy, Picks Up Comedies ‘A.P. Bio’, ‘Righteous Gemstones’, ‘Sunnyside’ & ‘SNL’

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21 Aug 19


Sky To Launch Two New Channels – Sky Crime & Sky Comedy, Picks Up Comedies ‘A.P. Bio’ & ‘Sunnyside’

Sky has today announced plans to launch two new channel brands. Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020, with both available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on-demand. Both channels will also launch on NOW TV, available as part of the NOW TV Entertainment Pass.

Sky Comedy

Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside. Sky Comedy will also air all-new series of returning hit US shows like Larry David’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Ballers’ starring Dwayne Johnson, which previously aired on Sky Atlantic. Top-rated US talk shows like ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ (previously on Sky Atlantic) will also be featured, as well as comedy titan Saturday Night Live and an enviable library of favourites like ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’.

More about the new shows coming to Sky Comedy:

Mrs Fletcher: Comedy about a divorced woman who jumpstarts her love life by adopting a sexy new persona, leading to a world full of unexpected and sometimes complicated erotic possibilities.

Righteous Gemstones: Danny McBride (‘Eastbound & Down’, ‘Vice Principals’) returns to HBO with The Righteous Gemstones, the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Main character Jesse Gemstone sees himself as a maverick in the ministry game, taking what his father, Eli Gemstone, has built and expanded it for a more modern audience.

A.P. Bio: Comedy about a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) who loses out on his dream job to his rival Miles Leonard (Tom Bennett), and is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio and work as a high-school Advanced Placement Biology teacher.

Sunnyside: Garrett Modi (Kal Penn – ‘Designated Survivor’, ‘House’) was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister Mallory (Kiran Deol) and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of idealists who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from.

Sky Crime

Sky Crime will be the home of premium US true crime from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated home of quality first-run content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Key programming will include addictive, emotionally charged accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved, including ‘I Love You, Now Die’ and ‘The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell’. Additionally, famous headline cases from the US and UK like ‘Kemper on Kemper’ and ‘Britain’s Most Evil Killers’ and the ‘In Defense Of’ series will bring new insight into some of the most notorious killers of modern times.

More about the new shows coming to Sky Crime:

I Love You, Now Die: In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. Police discovered a series of alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to kill himself, sparking sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.

The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell: Susan was 28 years old when she disappeared from her Utah home in 2009. Upon her disappearance, her husband Josh Powell was named as a suspect. However, more than two years later, and after an unsuccessful police investigation, the unthinkable happened: Josh took the life of his two sons and his own. This documentary attempts to uncover new details of the last few years of Susan’s life and incriminates her father-in-law Steven Powell in a dangerous way.

In Defense Of: A psychologically thrilling true-crime series that shines a light on the complicated relationships between infamous defendants and the attorneys who represented them. In each standalone episode, the top defence lawyers on high-profile cases, including the trials of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and serial killer Ted Bundy, reveal the personal and professional cost of defending such notorious clients.

A Wedding and a Murder: Explores shocking true stories of engagements, weddings and honeymoons that began in joyous celebration, but tragically ended in an untimely death. The motives and outcomes may differ, but each episode will expose a grisly homicide set against the backdrop of what appears to be wedded bliss.

“Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows,” comments Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky. “Sky Crime, the home of premium true crime, will complement Sky Witness perfectly, while Sky Comedy is an exciting new proposition for Sky customers, offering them a daily dose of the best US comedy which will sit alongside our expanding slate of Sky Original comedy on Sky One. By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”

We don’t have exact dates for the premieres of the new shows, however, Sky Crime launches in October 2019, so presumably, the shows listed above will launch with it. Sky Comedy launches in February 2020, so presumably, those new series will air then.