Sky acquired the exclusive UK TV rights to NBC’s breakout drama Revolution from Warner Bros International Television Distribution. The deal is for three seasons, although Revolution only received its first full-season order from NBC in October. A Sky spokeswoman tells Deadline the pact gives Sky exclusive rights to the first season and for two future seasons, should they be commissioned in the U.S. Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Revolution had its fall finale on NBC in November, ending the first half of its freshman season on a high note. It returns on March 25 after a four-month hiatus. Sky’s Sky1 HD channel will debut the first season on an as-yet unspecified date in the new year. The adventure thriller set in a post-apocalyptic America stars Tracy Spiridakos, Graham Rogers, Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons and JD Pardo. Along with Abrams, the show is exec produced by Bryan Burk and Eric Kripke. It’s produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros TV.
NBC has made the first back orders this fall, giving full-season orders to drama Revolution and comedies Go On and The New Normal. “We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on Revolution, not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of Go On and The New Normal.”
The news comes on the heels of NBC logging its first outright premiere-week win among adults 18-49 in nine years, fueled by the early success of Revolution as well as The Voice‘s expansion to fall and the ongoing strength of Sunday Night Football. “We’re very pleased with early results of the last three weeks of our fall season roll-out,” said NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt. “The strategy for this season was to draft off the promotional platform of the Olympics and then begin our season early and strong. I think we’ve accomplished both of those goals, yet we know it’s a long season and there’s much work ahead of us.”
The pickups of Revolution, Go On and The New Normal had been considered no-brainers as the three have been NBC’s strongest new series so far this season. The forecast is cloudier for underperforming new comedies Animal Practice and Guys With Kids.
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The producers of the new high-concept NBC drama Revolution couldn’t have seen it coming, but the forthcoming Monday night adventure from the stable of exec producer JJ Abrams could well find themselves at Ground Zero this fall in the suddenly hot-button issue of gun control. The fantasy series surrounds one family’s attempt to reunite in an America that is entirely devoid of electronics and modern technology. It’s also a dictatorship in which conventional firearms have been banned and people instead arm themselves with antiquated weapons like muskets. In the wake of last week’s movie-theater shooting in Aurora, CO, many could see Revolution as a politically-driven piece of left-wing propaganda.
Strolling around the San Diego Convention Center and grounds, Deadline contributor Luke Y. Thompson snapped a few photos as preparations for Comic-Con got underway. Clockwise from top right: A Marvel’s The Avengers tie-in, a promotion for NBC’s …