100 Code WGN America Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan's 100 Code, Two More Foreign Crime Dramas to Air Stateside on WGN America

WGN America is going on an international crime spree.

The cable network has acquired the U.S. TV rights to a trio of foreign crime dramas: 100 Code (Sweden), Shoot the Messenger (Canada) and Pure (Canada). And their casts offer a dose of Hollywood sizzle: 100 Code stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost, the Lord of the Rings trilogy) as a NYPD detective who heads to Stockholm to track down a serial killer who’s targeting young, blonde women with blue eyes. (The late Michael Nyqvist, of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo fame, plays his new Swedish partner.)

Shoot the Messenger stars Elyse Levesque (The Originals, Orphan Black) as a young reporter who witnesses a murder and gets drawn into a government-wide cover-up; the supporting cast includes ER alum Alex Kingston and Haven‘s Lucas Bryant.

Pure centers on a newly elected Mennonite pastor (Arrow‘s Ryan Robbins) who battles a Mexican crime cartel to rid his community of illicit drugs. CSI: NY‘s Alex Buckley and Oscar nominee Rosie Perez (Search Party) co-star.

These three shows join the previously acquired Bellevue — a Canadian crime drama starring Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) — in the WGN America “Prime Crime” lineup, with all four set to debut on the network in 2018.

Press PLAY on the trailers above for a sneak peek at WGN America’s trio of new shows, then tell us in the comments: Which ones will you be watching?

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16 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    Pure is already on Hulu. Not sure why WGN America is bothering to pick up 3 canceled after one season shows.

    • johnhelvete says:

      Four if you count the Anna Paquin series Bellevue that WGN acquired last week. WGN business model under the new ownership is to run the channel with “cost-efficient originals” which is another way of saying cheaper programming. I am pretty sure Bellevue and 100 Code are crime shows that solve one case in one season (not sure about the other two series), and not being stuck with a series for a second season is likely a positive when a network is trying to acquire cheap programming.

      • That’s the same thing ION does with Canadian shows like Flashpoint, Rookie Blue, Saving Hope.

        • johnhelvete says:

          Yes and ION recently acquired two new Canadian dramas, Private Eyes and The Detail.

          • Brian says:

            These are all different scenarios. Flashpoint, Saving Hope, and Rookie Blue ran 5-6 seasons (with Flashpoint and Saving Hope having new US exclusive episodes usually close to the Canadian airings).. Private Eyes is still ongoing and has been renewed for a 3rd season. The Detail hasn’t premiered anywhere yet and ION is betting on it being a success. These WGN pickups are all 1 season cancelled shows. They aren’t going to be able to have long term syndication success.

    • mary says:

      PBS does this all the time. I, enjoy them. Like other posters have said many of these are sufficient with one season. Sort of like what many American series were originally supposed to be until the powers that be saw $$$ in their eyes. Thus screwing with what was great writing turned bad.

  2. Tamra Torrence says:

    But they cancelled Underground and Outsiders for these shows?? ugh

    • Brian says:

      It isn’t fair to compare producing new episodes of TV to acquiring the rights (probably dirt cheap) for a few quickly canceled shows.

      • mary says:

        Yes, & it gives them a chance to see if this type of programming will work w/out paying up the nose. Unfortunately Underground/Outsiders did not get enough people to watch.

  3. TJ says:

    I want “Outsiders” back…

  4. T.W.S.S. says:

    WGN is dead to me. It was briefly on my radar for Manhattan (which I didn’t finish) and two great years of Underground.

    • mary says:

      Blame people for not watching. Think of owning a retail business. If this product sells like hotcakes, & that other product never sells, which would you keep? They tried to have different programming & it worked for a bit. It’s really hard to keep series going longer than two years anymore. Viewers wane after that.

  5. peterwdawson says:

    Why the heck did they go with Shoot the Messenger? It was pretty bad.

  6. Billy meacham says:

    I thought WGN was done with scripted drama series when they cancelled underground and outsiders???

    • johnhelvete says:

      WGN is done with high priced original scripted series that they actually produce themselves. These series are cheaper acquisitions that cost a fraction of an original scripted series (and are probably a lot cheaper than what WGN paid to get syndication rights to Elementary and Person of Interest).