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Taskmaster UK heads to America

The CW network snaps up the rights

Taskmaster is to air in the US.

The CW network has brought the rights to the British original, which will launch on its free-to-air channel August 2 in a primetime 8pm slot

However, the broadcaster has not announced which season(s) have been picked up, and programme-makers Avalon were also unable to disclose the information.

However, judging by a teaser posted online it appears to be season eight – featuring Iain Stirling, Joe Thomas, Lou Sanders, Paul Sinha and Sian Gibson – and season nine, with David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo.

Previously, Comedy Central made its own US version of Taskmaster with Reggie Watts in the all-powerful Greg Davies position and series creator Alex Horne reprising his role as the sidekick.  It ran for eight episodes in 2018, but was not picked up for a second series.

The CW, which runs over a nationwide network of more than 200 affiliate stations, also announced yesterday that the Channel 4 sitcom Dead Pixels, which it acquired last month, will launch on August 18.

Published: 17 Jun 2020

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