France's TF1 Takes 'The Flash,' 'Stalker,' Three Other Warner Bros. Series
The top-rated network adds U.S. hits, including 'The Mysteries of Laura' and DC series, to rebuild its drama slate.
The Mysteries of Laura will be revealed to French viewers come September, while the country will also get a dose of DC superheroes on TV.
Laura is one of five U.S. dramas that the top-rated TF1 network has acquired for fall debuts. The Debra Messing police dramedy is produced by Warner Bros. and airs on NBC in the U.S.
The network has also acquired superhero series The Flash and Batman prequel Gotham, police procedural Stalker, starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q, and immortal medical examiner drama Forever. All are produced by Warner Bros.
The series will all be on the fall schedule of the country’s number one network, though Gotham has already been available on the channel’s VOD service MyTF1 and Netflix in France.
TF1 reached an overall 22.9 percent share of French TV viewing in 2014, making it the top-rated network ahead of France 2 and M6. Though the network has a strong reality programming base with The Voice and the Survivor-style format Koh-Lanta, the new series acquisitions are intended to rebuild its drama slate as shows like The Mentalist — which has been the number one show in France for years — come to an end and such new series as its English-language co-production Jo failed to take off.
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Warner Bros. and TF1 have a long-standing deal. It also airs Person of Interest, which has been a hit for the network. Universal's Chicago PD will also premiere on the network this week.
TF1 is also developing French dramas under its own banner, including adapting Ukranian hit The Sniffer into The 5th Sense and the Danish single mother series Rita into Sam. That drama, starring Mathilde Seigner, will begin shooting in September for a 2016 air date.