Sky has has announced two new channels on the way to its entertainment portfolio. Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020, each one providing a clearer destination for Sky’s true crime and comedic output – and, more specifically, imports from the US.
Sky Crime will be the home of premium US true crime from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated home of quality first run content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Key programming will include addictive, emotionally charged accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved, such as I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Additionally, famous headline cases from the US and UK six as Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers and the In Defense Of series will bring new insight into some of the most notorious killers of modern times.
Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new comedies such as Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, The Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside.
Perhaps most exciting of all, though, is Sky Comedy will also feature top rated US talk shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will air for the first time in the UK alongside Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will also be featured. More notably, comedy titan Saturday Night Live will also air on Sky Comedy, the first time the iconic show has aired properly on UK TV since 2006. Whether it will be the full-length episodes or a 60-minute version cut down for syndication is not yet known, although both are a step up from fans streaming clips on YouTube.
The channel will also broadcast a library of favourites such as Will & Grace and Parks and Recreation, and all new series of returning hit US shows such as Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson.
Both channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on-demand. The channels will also be available on NOW TV, as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.
Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, says: “Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows. Sky Crime, the home of premium true crime, will complement Sky Witness perfectly, while Sky Comedy is an exciting new proposition for Sky customers, offering them a daily dose of the best US comedy which will sit alongside our expanding slate of Sky Original comedy on Sky One. By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”
The entertainment portfolio on Sky in the UK and Ireland will therefore soon include six core Sky channel brands: Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness, Sky Arts, Sky Crime and Sky Comedy, alongside the Sky Cinema and Sky Kids services. Sky’s other channel brands include E!, SYFY, Pick and Challenge.