Sky Takes 'MacGyver' for U.K.

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CBS Studios International also has licensed the first-window U.K. TV rights for the latest season of 'America’s Next Top Model' to the company.

CBS Corp.'s CBS Studios International said Wednesday that it has licensed the first-window U.K. TV rights for new drama MacGyver and the latest season of America’s Next Top Model to Sky.

Both series will premiere in Britain in February, with MacGyver airing on flagship entertainment network Sky 1 starting Feb. 8 and Top Model launching on Sky Living on Feb. 2.

"MacGyver’s action-adventure storylines and ANTM’s iconic format are prime examples of CBS' successful programming that appeals to a global audience," said Stephen Tague, senior vp, Europe, CBS Studios International. "We look forward to working with Sky, one of our most important U.K. partners, to make these new series a success for the territory."

Said Adam MacDonald, director of Sky 1 and Sky Living: "We’re delighted that Sky Living audiences will be the first in the U.K. to see the latest installment of the hugely popular ANTM. And Sky 1 audiences love an explosive action-adventure, making MacGyver the perfect addition to our February lineup."

In the U.S., MacGyver, a reimagination of the classic series, has been CBS' most-watched freshman program in the Friday 8 p.m. slot since 1997. It stars Lucas Till as 20-something Angus "Mac" MacGyver, who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem-solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. 

Season 23 of ANTM premiered in the U.S. on VH1. Singer and actress Rita Ora hosts the reinvented show, with supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach serving as judges. Show creator Tyra Banks and Ken Mok continue as executive producers of the modeling competition, with Banks making surprise appearances throughout the season.

21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake in Sky and has offered to take full control of the European pay TV giant. Beyond Britain, Sky is offering pay TV services in Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.