SoHo Justifies Must-Have Status

Yahoo! Hatfields & McCoys and Justified at last have landed a NZ broadcaster.

Both HD dramas are among the series Sky’s SoHo has secured through a new deal with Sony Television.

Justified’s Timothy Olyphant

It also includes Breaking Bad, season five of which will screen next month just ahead of the final eight episodes going to air in the US.

The scheduling will see SoHo catch up in time to screen these within days of AMC and will be the first time Breaking Bad has aired here in HD since the first season screened on TV3.

Also part of the package are Damages, which TV One has been airing late-night in SD (it’s just started season five) and newcomer Masters of Sex.

SoHo’s Sony alliance is good news even for non-SoHo subscribers, as it means most of these shows will be released quicker on disc.

For instance, season three of Justified came out last month on Blu-ray across the Tasman but not here. And the Emmy-winning Hatfields hasn’t been released on Blu-ray outside of the US.

The only bad news about this morning’s announcement is SoHo will screen Justified from season one (which TV One has already aired, along with season two).

And it won’t go to air until mid-year, which means season three won’t make it to our screens until next summer, unless SoHo opts to strip the first two seasons as a curtain-raiser.

If you can’t wait that long, Amazon.com has just discounted the season three Blu-ray to $US20.

Here’s the official press release:

PREMIUM SONY CONTENT TO SCREEN ON SOHO 

SoHo, Skys premium entertainment channel, will premiere the highly anticipated dramas Masters of Sex and Hatfields & McCoys following the conclusion of a content package deal with Sony Television. 

Sky’s director of programming, Travis Dunbar, says the deal also includes critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad, Justified and Damages and he’s delighted to have secured this quality content to add further value for SoHo subscribers.

 “SoHo subscribers already enjoy some of the best cutting edge drama from across the planet and we are thrilled to add Masters of Sex and Hatfields & McCoys to our schedule,” he said

 “It is also exciting to be able to ensure fans can continue to watch premiere episodes of dramas Breaking Bad and Justified,”

 SoHo will screen Breaking Bad season five from next month and run straight into the sixth and final season the same week it broadcasts in the US. SoHo will re-launch Justified from the beginning and continue until New Zealanders are up to date.

 “As a genuine lover of quality drama it was hugely disappointing that both these series had not screened in their entirety in this country so it’s very satisfying to give fans the chance to catch up with their favourite characters once more, as well as introducing these series to a new audience.  We are committed to air all series in their entirety, un-cut and uninterrupted in a prime time slot,” said Mr Dunbar.

 “These TV shows and mini-series exemplify Sony Picture Television’s unique brand of storytelling, filled with engaging and addictive drama that draw you in and compelling characters that keep you coming back for more,”  said Mark Young, senior vice president, Distribution & Sales, Australia & New Zealand, Sony Pictures Television.  “We are pleased to extend our relationship with SKY to bring SoHo viewers this exciting content.”

 Masters Of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of the couple whose research started the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch.

 The three-part mini-series Hatfields & McCoys is the true story of a legendary family feud that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. With an all-star cast led by Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, it chronicles a clash of clans that inspired passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, while forever transforming the two families and the region they lived in.

 Breaking Bad, a multi-award winning series created by Vince Gilligan, is the story of a struggling high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime to ensure his family’s financial security when diagnosed with inoperable cancer. With award-winning performances from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, it follows protagonist Walter White’s transformation from mild family man to kingpin of the drug trade.

 Justified stars Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a character created by novelist Elmore Leonard, who is reassigned from Miami to his Kentucky hometown following a controversial but ‘justified’ shooting of a mob hit-man.

 Legal thriller Damages revolves around major cases taken on by law firm Hewes & Associates with award-winning performances by Glenn Close and Rose Byrne.  Damages is renowned for its plot twists, season-long storylines and star studded casts.

  • Hatfields & McCoys, Wednesdays 8.30pm on SoHo from May 15.
  • Breaking Bad season five, Tuesdays 8.30pm on SoHo from May 21.
  • Schedule information for other titles will be released in due course.
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4 Responses to “SoHo Justifies Must-Have Status”

  1. Awesome. I haven’t seen any episodes of Justified so really happy that Soho is starting with season one. Also looking forward to seeing Hatfields and McCoys.

  2. Will Justified be in HD? Just finished watching season four in HD and it was good but the show is starting to feel a bit tired, hope this will not be another series extended beyond its natural life.

  3. Yes, it will be in HD.

  4. Just watched the first episode of Hatfields and McCoys and really enjoyed it.

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