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VMPhil9,777 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
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Sky today announced plans to launch two new channel brands within its entertainment portfolio. Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020, with both available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on demand. Both channels will also launch on NOW TV, available as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.

Sky Crime will be the home of premium US true crime from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated home of quality first run content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Key programming will include addictive, emotionally charged accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved, including I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Additionally, famous headline cases from the US and UK like Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers and the In Defense Of series will bring new insight into some of the most notorious killers of modern times.

Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside. Sky Comedy will also air all new series of returning hit US shows like Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. Top rated US talk shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will also be featured, as well as comedy titan Saturday Night Live and an enviable library of favourites like Will & Grace and Parks and Recreation.


https://www.skygroup.sky/corporate/media-centre/articles/en-gb/sky-to-launch-sky-crime-and-sky-comedy

So the question here is why Sky are deciding to compete against Comedy Central, though looking at the line-up it appears it will be a more interesting schedule than CC which these days seems to consist primarily of Friends marathons.

And yet another attempt at bringing U.S. late night shows to this country.
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Amber Avenger72 posts since 15 Jun 2017
Granada North West Today
And yet another attempt at bringing U.S. late night shows to this country.


Not quite a talk show, but it's also yet another attempt to bring Saturday Night Live to this country. Last time I can remember was ITV4 taking a punt on it, but that seems about 10+ years ago. Like the talkshows, never seem to last that long.
noggin14,442 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Does this mean sky atlantic is getting the boot? IF it make CC up is game, im all for it.


Don't think so - Sky Atlantic would presumably still be the home for HBO drama, and international (i.e. non-English language) series that they have acquired? (Though some of the Nordic Noir stuff could bounce to Sky Crime?)
Sh1ruba282 posts since 13 Jan 2019 Recently warned
Central (West) Midlands Today
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Sky today announced plans to launch two new channel brands within its entertainment portfolio. Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020, with both available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on demand. Both channels will also launch on NOW TV, available as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.

Sky Crime will be the home of premium US true crime from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated home of quality first run content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Key programming will include addictive, emotionally charged accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved, including I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Additionally, famous headline cases from the US and UK like Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers and the In Defense Of series will bring new insight into some of the most notorious killers of modern times.

Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside. Sky Comedy will also air all new series of returning hit US shows like Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. Top rated US talk shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will also be featured, as well as comedy titan Saturday Night Live and an enviable library of favourites like Will & Grace and Parks and Recreation.


https://www.skygroup.sky/corporate/media-centre/articles/en-gb/sky-to-launch-sky-crime-and-sky-comedy

So the question here is why Sky are deciding to compete against Comedy Central, though looking at the line-up it appears it will be a more interesting schedule than CC which these days seems to consist primarily of Friends marathons.

And yet another attempt at bringing U.S. late night shows to this country.

Hopefully they could also add It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to the lineup, despite it being made by Fox and it being on Netflix.
Larry the Loafer5,584 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
Sounds an awful lot like they're breaking Sky Atlantic up. It's a shame Sky Comedy seems to be focusing mostly on American stuff. Gold is really the only outlet for British comedy and they're very keen on showing the same programmes over and over again.
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PATV Scunthorpe674 posts since 2 Sep 2014
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
So what is the difference between Sky witness and Sky Crime?

I suppose Sky Witness would be kept to crime drama, while Sky Crime focuses on the true crime genre, exploring real life crime.


Hopefully they could also add It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to the lineup, despite it being made by Fox and it being on Netflix.

Being made by Fox wouldn't really make a difference. Up until sometime in the last few months, Vice had some repeat rights, but I don't think they had a huge selection of episodes, mainly Season's 6 and 7 were shown. It would be possible for Netflix to keep first-run rights while Sky could gain second-run/repeat rights
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VMPhil9,777 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Sounds an awful lot like they're breaking Sky Atlantic up. It's a shame Sky Comedy seems to be focusing mostly on American stuff. Gold is really the only outlet for British comedy and they're very keen on showing the same programmes over and over again.

I get the impression that comedy programming has been somewhat overshadowed on Sky Atlantic, which is why they’re splitting it off into its own channel.


This also explains why the upcoming series of The Trip (The Trip to Greece) will be on Sky One and not Atlantic like the last series (The Trip to Spain).