The CW announced on Monday its acquisition of two more international series — The Rising, and Barons — that will make their Stateside bows… pretty soon!
The Rising, a supernatural crime thriller via the UK, will premiere Monday, May 29 at 8/7c, where it will be followed at 9 pm by Barons, an Australian surfer drama set in the 1970s. (Both series debuted in their homelands back in spring of 2022.)
The CW of course is no stranger to low-cost international acquisitions, having given a Stateside home in past years to fare such as Coroner, Professionals, Leonardo, Devils and Family Law. And the netlet surely will stay on that track under its new ownership, which has announced its plan to carry over only a precious few current scripted shows (including the already-renewed All American).
Adapted by Sky Studios from the 2017 Belgian series (Hotel) Beau Séjo, The Rising tells the story of Neve Kelly (Still Star-Crossed‘s Clara Rugaard), who discovers that she is dead. “Understandably, Neve is scared and confused by this new (non) existence, but moreover, when she realizes she has been murdered, she’s furious,” the synopsis tells us. “Determined to find her killer and get justice, she takes advantage of her new supernatural abilities to go where the police can’t and investigate her own death. In doing so, she uncovers deeply buried secrets and is forced to re-examine everything about her life and the people she cared about.”
Barons, meanwhile, was created by Australian Writers Guild Award nominee Liz Doran (Please Like Me), Michael Lawrence (The Crew) and John Molloy (The Gloaming), and directed by Shawn Seet in collaboration with noted surf director Taylor Steele (Momentum Generation). Set in the ’70s “at a time of sexual liberation, social disruption, protest and war,” the eight-part series “captures a unique moment of upheaval and opportunity as a new surfing counterculture collides with the realities of enterprise. Two best friends, inspired by their love for the Australian beach, create what will become rival iconic surf brands. Little do they know that their success will tear them — and their worlds — apart.”
Sean Keenan (Glitch), Ben O’Toole (Halifax: Retribution) and Jillian Nguyen (Hungry Ghosts) are among the Barons cast.
Honestly both shows sounds very interesting.
When is the cw going to pick up season 2 of family law?? I sorta actually liked that one from last year.
I checked Wikipedia and it hasn’t even aired in its native Canada, but Season 2 aired in Australia in the Fall Hemisphere and Season 3 just started airing an few days ago there. Seems suspicious/unfair that they got the broadcast first while USA and Canada are still waiting.
Barons has 53-56 minute episodes so the CW is going to be cutting 10+ minutes.
That’s what they do with all the international acquisitions. Leonardo, Bump, Wellington Paranormal, The Professionals, were all shortened to fit USA time slots (Leonardo and Bump was also edited for content, to remove stuff too sensitive for American eyes like unobstructed shots of Michelangelo’s David statue). Even PBS, which doesn’t run commercial breaks during the program, snips and cuts to make its UK acquisitions fit.
Even shows from Canada are edited – Family Law, Coroner and Burden of Truth were all edited when the CW aired them. Transplant, the CTV show that aired on NBC, also lost a few moments here and there.
Watched The Rising a few months ago on Starz In Canada and it was a really great show! looking forward to checking out Barons.
These shows have intriguing premises and I would definitely give them a chance. They also will probably be much better than alot of what the CW has been airing recently.
They must be inexpensive reruns or Nextstar wouldn’t have acquired them.
“… low-cost international acquisitions…”
Still waiting to hear about Superman & Lois & The Winchesters.
What about the follow up seasons to Bump?? Will that be back??
Probably if The CW still wants to air it
The CW’s plans are an enigma wrapped in an onion wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a crispy taco shell. Stay tuned!
And now I’m hungry… thanks Matt!
We can probably say goodbye to The Winchesters, considering the Ackles’ just made a deal with Prime.
I viewed that show as one and done series. The finale kinda helped my case with that.
All these shows have to do is at least get the same ratings as The Cw gets now (which is not a high bar) and it will be considered a success by the network and will justify them cancelling everything else, but hey at least they’re saving money……
The should have brought Republic of Doyle down here.