Sky snaps up UK rights to Limitless TV series
Staff Reporter | On 13, Oct 2015Reading time: 2 mins
Sky has snapped up the UK rights to the Limitless TV series.
The CBS spin-off from the excellent 2011 movie, which starred Bradley Cooper, is one of many new shows based on existing film franchises, which have enjoyed varying levels of success – and found a variety of homes on British soil. While Amazon is backing a small-screen take on Galaxy Quest, Netflix has branded serial killer serial Scream as an original show for UK subscribers, and Channel 4 welcomes back Fargo for a second season next week.
Limitless stars Jake McDorman (American Sniper), a down-on-his-luck musician who struggles to hold down a long-term job. His life, however, is changed when he discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT. The FBI soon finds out about Brian and uses his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Soon, a powerful partnership forms with himself and Agent Rebecca Harris (Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter) under the watchful eye of Special Agent in Charge Nasreen “Naz” Pouran (Scarface’s Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), a canny manipulator of the reins of power.
Brian is more effective than all of the FBI agents combined, but unbeknownst to the FBI, he also has a secret relationship with Senator Edward Morra (a guest appearance by Bradley Cooper, also an Executive Producer on the show), regular NZT user and someone with plans of his own.
“Who could resist a bit more Bradley Cooper in our lives?” comments Julia Barry, Director of Sky Living.
Stephen Tague, Senior Vice President, Europe for CBS Studios International, adds: “In the US, Limitless premiered as the #1 new series in its time slot, so we are excited to be working with Sky Living to bring Limitless and its powerful production auspices to U.K. audiences.”
Limitless will premiere in the UK on Sky this autumn and joins a line-up of new acquisitions from the US, including Blindspot – which stars Jaimie Alexander (Thor) as Jane Doe, who finds herself tattooed and without any memories in the middle of New York – and ABC’s The Catch – the latest show from Shonda Rhimes about Alice (Mireille Enos), a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé (Peter Krause).