'Sleepy Hollow,' 'The Millers' to Premiere on Australia's Network Ten
SYDNEY -- The final quarter of Network Ten’s ratings year in 2013 will feature premieres of two new U.S. series under the network's output deals with 20th Century Fox and CBS Studios, part of a package of six new U.S. series unveiled Thursday.
Fox drama Sleepy Hollow and CBS Studios sitcom The Millers will premiere in September on Ten, coinciding with their U.S. fall season premieres.
In addition, the Lachlan Murdoch-chaired network, which recently shifted its demographic focus from a young 16-39 year-old audience to the wider 25-54 demo, has secured first rights to the reboot of iconic Fox series 24, titled 24 Live Another Day. It will also air Australian director Phillip Noyce’s first TV series, Crisis, which stars Rachael Taylor alongside Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney.
Those shows will air in the first half of 2014 alongside another sitcom, Friends With Better Lives, and new legal drama Reckless. Friends With Better Lives features some local interest with Home and Away alumnus Rick Donald in the ensemble cast.
Fox has set a May airdate for 24: Live Another Day.
While Ten wouldn’t confirm how many of the series will air day-and-date with their U.S. premieres, given the success of shows like Under The Dome, which currently screens within hours of its U.S. broadcast, it is likely that buzz shows like 24 and Crisis will air day-and-date.
24 previously aired on the Seven Network here.
Ten shares its 20th Century Fox output deal with paynet Foxtel, with a complex arrangement in place as to who gets first airings of the programs. Foxtel has yet to announce which new programs it scored under the deal.
Network Ten's chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey said, “We are really delighted to be bringing this great mix of new comedy and drama to the Network Ten schedule. “Given shows such as Elementary and Under The Dome have struck such a chord with Australian viewers this year, we are confident this new slate of content will provide our viewers with more unforgettable experiences.”
Ten says it will announce other new programs from its U.S. partners later this year.