U.K.'s Living TV picks up two U.S. series

'Nikita' to air in fall, 'Chase' will be retitled for 2011 debut

NEW YORK -- New TV dramas "Nikita" and "Chase" have been picked up for U.K. runs after this year's LA Screenings.

The Living TV Group, which is part of BSkyB, on Monday unveiled an exclusive deal for the two shows with Time Warner's Warner Bros. International Television Distribution that will bring the series to entertainment channel Living.

"Nikita," starring Maggie Q, is about a trained assassin gone rogue and will launch this fall "shortly after" its U.S. premiere on the CW, the network said. Living didn't provide timing details, but said it will be the "centerpiece" of the network's fall schedule.

Procedural "Chase," about U.S. Marshals hunting dangerous fugitives, is from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Jennifer Johnson ("Cold Case") and will be renamed for the U.K. market. It will launch in 2011.

Said Living TV Group's head of acquisitions Amy Barham: "Nikita is the hottest, most action-packed new drama of the season, with an amazingly strong female lead that we know will excite and engage Living's audiences this autumn. We're thrilled to be able to bring it exclusively to the channel."

Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, said the two shows are fit for Living's young audience. "Our series have enjoyed great success on Living," he said. "This is in no small part because the network truly invests in smart scheduling and creative marketing support around their programming."

Living is part of the channel group formerly known as Flextech and Virgin Media Television. Its day-time schedule currently includes Warner's "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." The channel group also has deals for such Warner shows as "Chuck," "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "V."
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