Ten’s US shows to include new 24 series and rethink of Sleepy Hollow

ten logoTen has announced the slate of new US shows it will be airing in the coming months.

The network’s key US relationships are with News Corp’s 20th Century Fox and CBS Studios.

The shows include Kiefer Sutherland’s in the return of 24 and the drama Crisis, which includes Aussie star Rachael Taylor and is directed by Phillip Noyce.

Also on the slate is a modern day version of Sleepy Hollow.

While US content has not in recent years tended to rate as well as local programming, Ten recently bucked the trend with US drama Under The Dome pulling in more than 1m viewers. US content is also cheaper to acquire but has the downside that unless it airs almost simultaneously, potential viewers see it first online.

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.”

The content:

20th Century Fox:

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 son triggers 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 of their 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.

CBS Studios:

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 attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart. Starring Anna Wood (Deception), Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, M.D., Falcon Crest).


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