Seven nabs The Simpsons in FOX deal
Seven swoops on FOX titles -but This is Us will resume at TEN.
The Simpsons are Seven-bound.
The switch to Seven comes 27 years after it has been a TEN brand. But FOX cancelled its output deal with TEN in October after the network went into administration.
Seven also picks up The Resident, a new medical show featuring Emily VanCamp (Revenge) & Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife). It looks at the final years of doctor training revealing the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in US hospitals.
MASH is also headed to Seven as part of the deal and there is speculation Modern Family may be included.
Seven director of network programming Angus Ross told Fairfax it had “cherry-picked from the Fox library a number of iconic shows … that are proven and consistent free-to-air performers”.
“Seven has no appetite for output agreements and prefers to look for programming gaps in the marketplace and the smart acquisitions to fill them.”
But This is Us is set to resume at TEN, returning on February 14. “As a result of our new arrangement with Fox, we will be increasing our already substantial investment in local production across a range of program genres,” a TEN spokesperson said.
The Resident, which premiered last Sunday night in the US attracting close to 9 million viewers, is due to begin after the Winter Olympics. After 7flix lost Big Bang Theory to Nine, expect several of the FOX titles to head to the multichannel.
“The Resident is one of the most talked about shows from the LA screenings and we are thrilled to have secured this hotly anticipated medical drama,” said Angus Ross.