Cabler to screen skein nine days after network preem
GSN, the network for games, has picked up the repurposing rights to the new NBC reality competition series “Next Action Star.”Cabler has acquired all 10 hourlong episodes and two-hour series finale, which are slated to begin airing on GSN June 23 — nine days after the show’s broadcast premiere. Produced by NBC Universal TV, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures TV and GRB Entertainment, “Action Star” seeks to find America’s next male and female movie action stars. Over the course of 10 episodes, 14 contestants will be treated to acting lessons as well as combat and stunt training — and will be eliminated based on weekly screen tests involving a major stunt. The final pair will be dubbed the Next Action Stars, win a cash prize and a role in the Silver Pictures-produced TV movie “Bet Your Life.” “ ’Next Action Star’ delivers the kind of entertainment promised in GSN’s new direction,” said network senior VP of programming Ian Valentine. “This is the network’s first repurposing agreement, and we are definitely open to doing more for quality productions like this one,” he added. “GSN provides us the opportunity to reach viewers who may not be able to catch the show in its earlier time period on NBC,” said GRB topper Gary Benz. GRB has licensed the show to satcaster Sky One in the U.K., TVNZ in New Zealand and Sony’s AXN action channels around the globe. Benz and Michael Branton created the show. Silver, Benz and Brass Ring Entertainment’s Rick Telles and Cris Abrego exec produce. Series premieres on the Peacock tonight.