LIVING announces Nikita and Chase deal with Warner Bros.

The Living TV Group today announced an exclusive two-show deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) that will bring two of the hottest and most sought-after dramas from this year’s LA Screenings – Nikita, starring international action star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) and Chase, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television – to entertainment channel LIVING. The announcement was made today by The Living TV Group’s Head of Acquisitions Amy Barham and Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Nikita will air on LIVING in Autumn 2010, shortly after its US premiere on The CW Network, with LIVING following closely on its heels so UK viewers can see the hotly anticipated series soon thereafter

Chase, that will be renamed for the UK market, will air from 2011

Amy Barham said: “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. Chase will follow in 2011, providing a new favourite show for all of our procedural fans.”

Jeffrey Schlesinger said: “Our series have enjoyed great success on Living. This is in no small part because the network truly invests in smart scheduling and creative marketing support around their programming. We believe the same will hold true for Nikita and Chase, two high-quality, compelling shows that fit perfectly into the programming mix of LIVING and its young audience.”

Nikita is a young, sexy, punchy, addition to LIVING and the centrepiece of the Autumn primetime schedule. International action star Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard) takes the title role, Nikita, as a trained assassin gone rogue. Division is an ultra-secret government agency whose operatives are recruited young people with severed ties to family, friends and society.

Trained to be invisible assassins, no one ever leaves Division – except the beautiful and deadly Nikita, who has managed to escape and has revenge on her mind. Throughout the series, Nikita makes it her mission to undermine the now-corrupt organization. A force to be reckoned with, the rogue Nikita taunts Division, staying on their radar, but always that one step ahead.

Yet as determined as Nikita is to bring down her former agency, there are those just as determined to stop her, including Division’s newest recruit, Alex, played by Lyndsy Fonseca, (Kick-Ass, Desperate Housewives), a beautiful young woman who seems destined to replace Nikita as their next top operative.

In addition to Maggie Q and Fonseca, Shane West (ER), Aaron Stanford (X2: X-Men United), with Melinda Clarke (The O.C., The Vampire Diaries) and Xander Berkeley (24, Taken) also star. The series is executive produced by Craig Silverstein (Bones), Danny Cannon (the CSI series), McG (Supernatural, Terminator Salvation) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural, Human Target). Nikita is from Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, and is distributed around the world by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Also, joining LIVING’s raft of premiere dramas is Chase, which will air from 2011. From Emmy® Award–winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and executive producer Jennifer Johnson (Cold Case), Chase is a lightning-fast-paced drama that drops viewers smack into the middle of a game of cat and mouse as a team of US marshals hunts down America’s most dangerous fugitives. Kelli Giddish (Past Life) stars as US Marshal Annie Frost, a strong, resourceful, cowboy boot–wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down these violent criminals on the run. Cole Hauser (K-Ville), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break), Rose Rollins (The L Word) and Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) also star as members of Annie’s elite team.


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