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Orange France buys raft of US series

French pay TV broadcaster Orange has acquired a raft of US series as it ramps up the competition against rival Canal+.

The broadcaster has picked up Disney ABC ESPN Television’s Courtney Cox-fronted comedy Cougar Town, which airs on ABC in the US and Starz Media’s comedies Head Case and Party Down, which was written by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas.

It has also picked up Warner Bros International Television Distribution’s John Well-produced cop drama Southland and ABC Family teen drama Make It Or Break It.

France Telecom-owned Orange will air the shows on its premium pay bouquet Orange Cinema Series.