Comedy Central UK acquires FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and Comedy Central UK announced today a two-season deal for the exclusive UK broadcast rights to FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES, a new multi-camera sitcom starring James Van Der Beek and Kevin Connolly. The acquisition was agreed by Brad Wood, Director of Acquisitions, Comedy Central UK and Steve Cornish, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.
Brad Wood, Director of Acquisitions Comedy Central UK, said “I am thrilled that FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is coming exclusively to Comedy Central UK later this year. The show which follows the lives, loves and nights out of six friends turning 30, looks set to be one of the funniest new series to come out of the US this Spring. It’s a great fit with our audience and a fantastic addition to the exciting line up we have planned over the coming months.”
Steve Cornish, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, said “FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is a fantastic comedy with a stellar ensemble cast, led by James Van Der Beek and Entourage’s Kevin Connolly. The pilot is directed by the legendary director James Burrows, who has been behind such iconic series as Cheers, Friends, Will& Grace and Frasier. We are very excited to be launching this show on Comedy Central UK.”
FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is a romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives - married, divorced, newly engaged and single - who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Andi and Bobby are happily married with a toddler and another baby on the way, but at times long for the days when they had less responsibility and more fun; Will is newly single and preaching the bachelor lifestyle, but still pining for his ex-wife; Jules and Lowell are high on their passionate new relationship; and Kate has a successful career but may have a breakdown when she finds out her last remaining single friend, Jules, just got engaged. When it comes to relationships, these six friends are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering... who really has the better life? Series creator Dana Klein (Friends), Aaron Kaplan and Dave Hemingson are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television
FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is distributed globally by Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and is set to make its US premiere on CBS later this month.
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About Comedy Central UK:
Comedy Central is a leading Pay TV General Entertainment channel and is part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). A joint venture between VIMN (75%) and BSkyB (25%), Comedy Central airs on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms. Comedy Central launched in the UK in April 2009 and has since grown by a phenomenal 82%. The channel broadcasts a mix of hit US acquisitions and original UK productions targeting a 16-34 year-old audience. Popular shows include Two And A Half Men, Anger Management, Friends, The Daily Show, South Park, Mike & Molly and The Middle. In 2012 Comedy Central aired its first local commission Threesome which received both critical acclaim and high ratings. A subsequent series followed as well as the channel’s second commission Alternative Comedy Experience. Other commissions that debuted in 2013 include Seann Walsh World and Big Bad World. Comedy Central’s development team is currently working with UK independent producers on a number of new projects, including two new sitcoms and a gameshow format. In addition to the main Comedy Central channel are Comedy Central +1, Comedy Central Extra and Comedy Central Extra +1 providing audiences with further viewing opportunities and more fantastic content. Comedy Central is the only global comedy network in the world. Internationally, Comedy Central has a network of 28 channels, reaching 225M households in 70 countries. Comedy Central are currently developing a number of global commissions, focusing on multi-camera sitcoms in the English-language for broadcast across its 28 international channels.
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