TV News: Archer, Hannibal, Olympics, Vice

Comedy Central and Twentieth Television have come to syndication deal which will see the former score the off-network rights to FX’s hit animated comedy series “Archer”.

The deal covers all existing seasons and includes commitments for future seasons of the raunchy spy comedy which will begin airing on Comedy Central as early as next May. The series just wrapped its fifth season and has already been picked up for two more. [Source: Deadline]

Producer Bryan Fuller has confirmed that the character of Lady Murasaki will appear on the next season of “Hannibal” should it go forward.

Fuller says: “We will hopefully be seeing one or both of Lady Murasaki and Uncle Robertus in Season 3. What they bring to the story that’s new is that they’ve known Hannibal his whole life. Do they know what he is? Do they know what he does?” [Source: Collider]

Olympic Games
NBCUniversal has scored the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through to 2032. The rights cover all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile.

The agreement, running from 2021 to 2032, is valued at $7.65 billion, plus an additional $100 million signing bonus to be “used for the promotion of Olympism and the Olympic values between 2015 and 2020”. [Source: NBC Universal]

HBO has signed on for two more seasons of its news magazine series “Vice”. The show will premiere its third season in 2015 and a fourth in 2016, with the third season getting two additional episodes – bumping the total up to fourteen for that season.

The series has had two seasons of solid ratings, not to mention scoring an Emmy nomination last year for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. [Source: The Live Feed]