British nets pick up US series including Cougar Town, The Good Wife

British broadcasters have picked up a raft of US network series ahead of MIPCOM including deals for Cougar Town and The Good Wife.

Virgin Media-owned pay broadcaster Living has picked up Courtney Cox-fronted Cougar Town after striking a deal with Disney ABC ESPN Television, while Channel 4 has acquired CBS Studios International’s drama The Good Wife and sitcom Accidentally on Purpose for its thematic channels.

These deals come as the distribution arms of the major Hollywood studios will be bringing its latest raft of network launches to MIPCOM for the first time and follows successful launches in the States.

ABC Studios-produced Cougar Town, which stars Cox as a 40-something woman flung back into the dating pool after a divorce, recorded over 11 million viewers for its premiere.

Meanwhile, The Good Wife, a political legal drama that stars ER’s Julianna Margulies and Sex and the City’s Chris Noth, also attracted big numbers for CBS. It will air on More4 next year, while Accidentally on Purpose, a sitcom starring Jenna Elfman and Extras‘ Ashley Jensen, will air on E4. 

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