Sky Living to Bring James Spader Drama 'The Blacklist' to U.K.
LONDON – BSkyB's Sky Living channel has inked a deal to be the U.K. home for The Blacklist, the new drama starring Emmy Award winner 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 after The Voice in September, is about an ex-government agent who ends up on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives 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 onscreen return to Sky Living's roster after having 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 L.A. Screenings to Sky Living."
Hurford-Jones described the show as a "perfect addition" to the channel's existing series lineup that already boasts U.S. fare Elementary and Hannibal alongside U.K. original commissions launching in the fall such as The Face and Dracula."
Megan Boone (Law & Order: L.A.) 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 senior acquisitions manager Lucy Criddle.
Other Sony Pictures Television series now licensed to Sky Living include the crime procedural Unforgettable.