Channel 6 celebrates 'Brotherhood'


Ireland's new free-to-air national television network, Channel 6, has acquired first-run rights to the Irish-American drama "Brotherhood" from CBS Paramount International Television. The series will debut in Ireland on Sunday, it was announced Wednesday.

"There has been a lot of talk about this series and, of course, the fact that it features one of our great actresses, Fionnula Flanagan, and an Irish-American theme adds to the interest level here in Ireland," said Michael Murphy, Channel 6 founder and director of programs.

"Brotherhood," originally produced for Showtime in the U.S., follows the lives of two brothers in the Providence, Rhode Island Irish-American neighborhood known as the Hill.

Channel 6 has acquired a number of series from CBS Paramount Television International in the past. Most recently, the channel licensed the talk show "Rachael Ray," which premiered last month.