Britain's UKTV Lands CBS Legal Drama 'Reckless'
The joint venture between Scripps Networks and BBC Worldwide has been growing
CBS’s legal drama Reckless has found a British home under a deal with UKTV, the joint venture between Scripps Networks Interactive and BBC Worldwide. UKTV operates 11 channels available via satellite and cable in the U.K. and Ireland.
The first season of the show, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Dana Stevens, is set to premiere next year on the U.K. company's crime channel Alibi.
"I‘m very excited to be working with CBS on such a fantastic new show that fizzes along at breakneck speed," said UKTV’s director of program acquisitions Catherine Mackin. "Reckless is exactly the type of series we’ve been looking to add to the Alibi slate."
Shot in Charleston, South Carolina, Reckless will join a raft of U.S. shows on Alibi, including Castle, Murdoch Mysteries, King and Maxwell and Rizzoli & Isles, with the BBC series Death in Paradise and the third season of Luther set to land this year. The channel says it reaches more than 5 million adults each month.
"Reckless will sit perfectly next to Alibi’s other big U.S. premiere series," added Adrian Will, Alibi's general manager. "With two charismatic lead characters it has the right amount of ‘will they, won’t they?’ and a healthy dose of procedural crime drama and a brilliant cast, which Alibi fans will know and love."
UKTV’s comedy channel Dave is set to premiere the second season of its own commission, Crackonary, on Wednesday. The show features well-known British comics and actors, including Vic Reeves, Warwick Davis and Rik Mayall, who died in June, reading out bedtime stories with a humorous, adult twist. David Hasselhoff is also bringing a show to the network next year.