Alibi picks up CBS Dramas ‘Why Women Kill’, ‘Evil’ & ‘Tommy’

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01 Jul 20

Alibi picks up CBS Dramas ‘Why Women Kill’, ‘Evil’ & ‘Tommy’

Alibi has acquired the UK broadcast rights to dramas Why Women Kill, Evil & Tommy from ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group it has been announced today.

‘Why Women Kill’ is a dark comedy from Marc Cherry (‘Desperate Housewives’) and details the lives of three women living in three different decades: Beth Ann Stanton (Ginnifer Goodwin – ‘Once Upon A Time’) – a housewife in the ’60s, Simone Grove (Lucy Liu – ‘Elementary’) – a socialite in the ’80s, and Taylor Harding (Kirby Howell-Baptiste – ‘Killing Eve’) – a lawyer in 2019, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series examines how the roles of women through the ages have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal… has not.

‘Evil’ is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a sceptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. Katja Herbers (‘The Americans’, ‘Westworld’), Mike Colter (‘Luke Cage’), Aasif Mandvi (‘The Daily Show’, ‘Blue Bloods’) and Michael Emerson (‘Lost’, ‘Person Of Interest’) star.

‘Tommy’ stars multiple Emmy Award-winner Edie Falco, but don’t get too attached, as CBS cancelled the show after one season… Equal parts political, procedural and family drama, the series centres on a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police for Los Angeles. A true-blue New Yorker, Abigail “Tommy” Thomas (Falco) uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to keep social, political and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland.

“These shows are a great addition to the Alibi schedule, each series will hopefully give viewers a little escapism – from the brilliance of Edie Falco in Tommy to the dark comedy of Why Women Kill, and the mystery of Evil,” commented Emma Ayech, Alibi’s channel director. “These series continue to build the quality and breadth of drama that audiences can find on Alibi, perfectly complementing the British and US dramas, and UKTV Originals we’ve had on Alibi this year.”

‘Why Women Kill’ is produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Creator Marc Cherry serves as executive producer alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis, and Marc Webb.

Michelle King, Robert King, Liz Glotzer and Rockne O’Bannon serve as executive producers for ‘Evil’ and the series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with King Size Productions.

‘Tommy’ comes from Paul Attanasio, the creator of BULL and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Attanasio, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Tom Szentgyorgyi, Christine Moore and Kate Dennis (pilot only) serve as executive producers. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Atelier Paul Attanasio and Amblin Partners. All series are distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.

“These series have all the best elements of ViacomCBS’s world-class programming, including dynamic casts, big characters and compelling stories told by the top producers in the industry,” adds Barry Chamberlain, President, International Sales, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. “As the most comprehensive supplier of Hollywood content to the world, ViacomCBS is in a unique position to provide U.K. broadcasters with stable and consistent programming that will help grow audiences for years to come.”

Why Women Kill‘ Season 1, ‘Evil‘ Season 1 & ‘Tommy‘ Season 1 don’t yet have UK premiere dates but will air on Alibi before then end of 2020.