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The CW to Air Hit Biblical Series “The Chosen”
The Chosen Series Air on July 16
The CW is set to become the first U.S. broadcaster to air the hit Biblical epic series “The Chosen.”
Seasons to Air Throughout the Year
The three existing seasons of the series will begin airing on the network on July 16 at 8 PM ET/PT. It will continue airing in that timeslot throughout the rest of the year, with the Season 3 finale scheduled to air on Christmas Eve. A fourth season of the series is currently in production, with seven seasons planned.
Lionsgate Acquires Distribution Rights
News of the series finding a U.S. broadcast home comes less than three weeks after it was announced that Lionsgate had acquired the sub-licensing distribution rights worldwide for the series. It hails from creator, director, and producer Dallas Jenkins. The show tells the story of Jesus, played by Jonathan Roumie, through the eyes of his followers.
The Chosen – A Massive Hit
“The Chosen” started as a crowdsourcing project and has quickly become a serious hit. It has reportedly racked up over 110 million viewers who have watched at least one episode since its launch. It has also pulled in $35 million at the box office in special event theatrical releases. Seasons 1 and 2 can stream on Peacock and Amazon Prime Video, while Season 1 is also on Netflix. It is also available in France on Canal+, the Netherlands on NPO, Spain on MovieStar, and Poland on TVP.
The CW is Excited to Partner with “The Chosen”
“The CW has always been bold and unique, which is perfect for us,” said Jenkins. “Plus, Brad Schwartz made it clear a while ago he loves and respects’ The Chosen,’ so we know it’ll be in great hands.”
“The Chosen” License Rights Managed by The Come and See Foundation
The Come and See Foundation will retain and manage licensing rights for the show for all activities within the non-profit sector. After any theatrical release, the Angel Studios and “The Chosen” apps have exclusive global rights in the first window for all existing and future seasons.
Lionsgate Pleased with Partnership
“As part of our global representation of this coveted property, we are pleased that The CW will become another great partner for ‘The Chosen,'” said Lionsgate president of worldwide television distribution Jim Packer. “This groundbreaking series already has a massive global following, and The CW platform will provide the perfect opportunity for the show to reach existing fans and inspire new ones.”
The CW’s Second High-Profile Acquisition
This marks the second high-profile acquisition for The CW this week. The network previously announced it would be the new home for “Inside the NFL” starting in September. The CW has largely moved away from original scripted programming, with its 2023 fall schedule filled mostly with unscripted programming and foreign acquisitions.
The CW Still in the Scripted Business
In an interview, Schwartz said the network is still in the original scripted business, saying they are currently in “phase one” of the new CW.