Network Ten has expanded its international program slate with theaddition of six key new series from its United States partners, 20th Century Fox and CBS Studios.
The new series include the highly anticipated return of 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, and the new modern-day re-telling of Washington Irving’s classic, Sleepy Hollow, both of which come to Network Ten through its agreement with 20th Century Fox.
Network Ten will also show 20th Century Fox’s new drama series Crisis, with Australian star Rachael Taylor, and the new ensemble comedy series Friends With Better Lives.
From CBS Studios comes the high-profile comedy The Millers, starring Beau Bridges and Will Arnett, and the intriguing, sultry legal drama Reckless.
Network Ten 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.”
Sleepy Hollow and The Millers will launch in the US and on Network Ten in September this year, while 24: Live Another Day, Crisis, Friends With Better Lives and Reckless will go to air in the US in the first half of 2014.
Network Ten will announce other new programs from its US partners later this year.
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Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the Headless Horseman, who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Starring Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, New Tricks), Orlando Jones (MADtv), Nicole Beharie (Shame).
24: Live Another Day:Jack Bauer is back in the revival of the iconic series 24, which ran to worldwide acclaim from 2001 to 2010. Bauer has evolved over the years and this new, exciting event series will tell the next chapter of his story and reflect on how the world is changing. Starring Kiefer Sutherland (24, Touch, Young Guns, Phone Booth).
Crisis: The hijacking of a school bus that contains the children of Washington DC’s elite, industry leaders, international diplomats and the President’s sontriggers a national crisis. An FBI agent has to work with her sister, a wealthy CEO, to control the situation and save the children. Starring Rachael Taylor (Red Dog, Any Questions For Ben?), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Young Guns, The Wedding Date), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Great Expectations), Lance Gross (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne). Directed by Australia’s Phillip Noyce (Newsfront, The Dismissal, Patriot Games, Salt, Revenge).
Friends With Better Lives: A romantic comedy about six friends at different stages oftheir lives – married, divorced, newly engaged and single – who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek, Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Majandra Delfino (Roswell), Zoe Lister-Jones (Salt, Whitney), Australia’s Rick Donald (Home and Away, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Brooklyn Decker.
The Millers: A recently divorced local news roving reporter is looking forward to living the singles’ life, until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. His parents split and his mother moves in with him. This comedy series from Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope) and James Burrows (Cheers, Frasier, 2 Broke Girls, Will & Grace) stars Will Arnett (Arrested Development, Up All Night), Beau Bridges (Norma Rae, The Fabulous Baker Boys), Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby, Dead Man Walking, Justified), J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm).
Reckless: Set in Charleston, South Carolina, this steamy legal drama centres on a Yankee litigator and a Southern attorney who must hide their mutual att raction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart. Starring Anna Wood (Deception), Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, MD., Falcon Crest).