“THE PASSAGE” PREMIERES THIS MONDAY, JAN. 14 AT 9/8c ON FOX
Law & Order and Boston Legal Coming to Escape Jan. 1, 2019
Laff Lands According to Jim, Bounce Debuts Scandal
- Escape, the over-the-air network reaching women 25-54 with a brand of programming anchored in stories of crime and mystery, has acquired the television rights to Law & Order and Boston Legal in two individual deals. Escape lands the first 12 seasons of Law & Order – the longest-running crime and investigation drama on American primetime television – in a multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Television. The complete series/five seasons of Boston Legal come from Twentieth Television, Inc.
- Laff, television’s fastest-growing network and the nation’s first over-the-air network devoted to comedy around-the-clock, has landed the broadcast television rights to all eight seasons of According to Jim, starring Jim Belushi, in an agreement with Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International.
Escape will launch both series on New Year’s Day. They join another hit off-network crime drama, Without a Trace, in the Escape line-up. Laff will debut According to Jim in early 2019.
These agreements come on the heels of Katz sister network Bounce landing broadcast rights to the iconic series Scandal which just joined Bounce’s primetime line-up.
Law & Order was a pioneering show that combined crime investigation and subsequent prosecution of the perpetrators in a two-part approach, with many plots based on headline-making cases. The multiple EMMY®-winning and nominated series has been noted for its revolving cast over the years, with seasons 1-12 featuring Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach, S. Epatha Merkleson, Steven Hill, Chris Noth, Benjamin Bratt, Angie Harmon, Jesse L. Martin, Michael Moriarty and Jill Hennessey, among others. Numerous hit shows have been spun-off from the original Law & Order, which was created by Dick Wolf.
Boston Legal follows the in-and-out of court lives of the attorneys at the high-powered, high-priced law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. It’s perhaps best known for the powerful and multiple-award winning performances of its headlining cast. James Spader earned two Emmy® Awards for his role as not-always-ethical but usually-a-winner Alan Shore. William Shatner took home an Emmy® and Golden Globe® for his memorable performance as the quirky Denny Crane, one of the firm’s partners. Candice Bergen plays no-nonsense attorney Shirley Schmidt, who rejoins the firm toward the after a stint in New York. Boston Legal was created by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice).
According to Jim was a rating success for ABC. Jim Belushi stars as an easy going suburban Chicago father who often finds himself in challenging situations due to his slacker ways. He is frequently at odds with his wife, Cheryl, played by Courtney Thorne-Smith, and together they raise their three children, with twins being born in the seventh season to make it a party of five. Cheryl’s brother, Andy (Larry Joe Campbell), is Jim’s partner-in-crime, while Kimberly Williams-Paisley plays Cheryl’s sister and best friend. According to Jim joins Laff’s sitcom hall-of-fame line-up which includes Home Improvement, 3rd Rock from the Sun, That ’70s Show, The Drew Carey Show, Night Court, Spin City and more.
Escape, Laff, Bounce and Grit, which targets men 25-54 with a lineup of Western and action movies and series, are part of Katz Networks – targeted, demo-specific brands leading a new generation of fast-growing broadcast networks created to serve cord-cutters, cord-nevers and subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) subscribers.
The Blacklist: Season 6 Premiere Thursday, January 03, 2019
GOTHAM: LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT Premieres Thursday, Jan. 3 @ 8/7c FOX!
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer and writer Bruno Heller and executive producers Danny Cannon and John Stephens, GOTHAM follows the rise of Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Beginning in this January, GOTHAM will air its fifth and final season, wrapping up this beloved series in a farewell event that will focus on Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) transformation into the caped crusader. GOTHAM is based upon DC characters and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. The series stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon; Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock; Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth; Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin; Erin Richards as Barbara Kean; David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman; Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/The Riddler; Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox; Morena Baccarin as Lee Thompkins; Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan; Cameron Monaghan as Jerome/Jeremiah Valeska; David W. Thompson as Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow; and Shane West as Eduardo Dorrance/Bane.