Netflix UK has picked up the exclusive UK broadcast rights to the upcoming third season of The CW’s period drama Reign from international distributor CBS Studios International, TVWise has learned.
The third season of Reign will premiere on Netflix UK on Saturday October 10th, when the first episode will be available to stream, less than 24 hours after its debuts in the United States. New episodes will then continue to be made available every Saturday.
Penned by Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy, Reign tells the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The drama is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Adelaide Kane, Anna Popplewell, Toby Regbo, Celina Sinden, Megan Follows, Janessa Grant, Caitlin Stasey, Torrance Coombs and Rossif Sutherland.
The acquisition of the show’s third season comes out of a long-running life-of-series deal that Netflix UK sealed with CBS Studios International last month, which saw the streaming service become Reign‘s exclusive UK broadcaster. Prior to that there had been little interest from UK broadcasters in the show, despite the obvious appeal of the subject matter. The first two seasons of Reign are currently available to stream on Netflix UK.
This is yet another example of Netflix UK riding to the rescue of a hit U.S. show which, for one reason or another, has been overlooked by traditional UK broadcasters. They previously did the same with Breaking Bad, picking it up from season three onwards after it was dropped by FX UK and Channel 5; Once Upon A Time, which was dropped by Channel Five after two seasons; and the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars, which briefly aired on MTV UK before Netflix took the rights.