If you’re suffering from the loss of 24, pining for a new sitcom, or struggling to find an episode of Family Guy you haven’t seen, fear not, as Channel 4 have bought the UK broadcasting rights to five brand-new US shows.
All owned by Twentieth Century Fox, and yet to air in the US, the list includes political thriller Homeland from the executive producers of 24. Loosely based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli television series, Prisoners of War, it follows a US soldier (Damian Lewis) taken prisoner during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The series also stars Claire Danes as a CIA officer.
Secured for E4 are two animation series, including Napoleon Dynamite, based on the 2004 cult film. The cartoon version sees many of the original cast reprise their roles for the voiceovers, including Jon Heder as Napoleon and Efren Ramirez as Pedro.
Allen Gregory, the other animation, is written and voiced by Jonah Hill (Superbad) with David A Goodman (Futurama, Family Guy) on board as executive producer. It follows a superintelligent seven-year-old being raised by his gay father and is expected to premiere in the US at the end of October.
Also for E4, two single-camera comedies, New Girl and Apartment 23, see actresses Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer) and Dreama Walker (The Good Wife) take on lead roles.
While Deschanel plays a quirky twentysomething trying to get over her surprise break-up with her boyfriend, Walker is a country girl who relocates to New York, finding herself living with a crazy roommate (Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter), whose best friend, James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), is set to play himself.
New Girl is expected to begin on Fox in the US in September. No British broadcast dates have been announced for the five series as yet.