LONDON – BSkyB's Sky Living channel has inked a deal to be the U.K. home for drama The Blacklist, starring Emmy Award-winning James Spader.
The British satellite TV operator signed the exclusive deal with Sony Pictures Television. The show, set to launch in the U.S. on NBC in September, is about an ex-government agent who ends up on the FBI’s most wanted list and surrenders with an offer to catch a long-thought-dead terrorist.
The Blacklist will be at the center of the fall/winter schedule for Sky Living as it continues to invest in programming.
Spader marks his on-screen return to Sky Living's roster having previously starred in Boston Legal.
Sky Living director Antonia Hurford-Jones said: “I couldn't be more excited to be bringing the series that everyone was talking about at the LA screenings to Sky Living."
Hurford-Jones described the show as a "perfect addition" to the channel's existing series line-up that already boasts U.S. fair Elementary and Hannibal alongside U.K. original commissions launching in the fall such as The Face and Dracula."
The Blacklist is scheduled to debut on NBC in September after The Voice.
Megan Boone (Law & Order: Los Angeles) co-stars as an FBI profiler alongside Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Harry Lennix (Man of Steel), Ryan Eggold (90210) and Ilfenesh Hadera (Da Brick).
The show comes from writer/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp (The Call) and executive producers John Eisendrath (Alias), John Davis (Gulliver’s Travels) and John Fox.
The deal was inked by Sky’s senior acquisitions manager Lucy Criddle.
Other Sony Pictures Television series currently licensed to Sky Living include the crime procedural Unforgettable.
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