U.K.’s Five counts ‘Chris’ in lineup

Web takes lead on rivals with 4 new skeins

LONDON — U.K. terrestrial web Five has stolen a march on its rivals by snapping up rights to four new shows from CBS Paramount following its recent trek to the L.A. Screenings.

Its purchases are led by “Everybody Hates Chris,” the coming-of-age comedy inspired by the childhood experiences of comedian Chris Rock, due to premiere in the U.S. this fall.

“Sex, Lies & Secrets” stars Denise Richards in a drama charting the relationship of twentysomething friends living in a hip enclave close to Hollywood.

Also in Five’s shopping basket are “Out of Practice,” the medical laffer starring Henry Winkler and Stockard Channing, and “South Beach,” a drama about the loves and lives of three young adults living in Miami’s fashionable South Beach, exec produced by Jennifer Lopez.

Jay Kandola, Five’s new director of acquisitions, said, “These are great additions to our already thriving roster of the cream of U.S. acquisitions.”

Five, co-owned by RTL and United News Media, is heavily dependent on U.S. fare such as the “CSI” franchise, and has received rave notices for Hugh Laurie starrer “House.”

The web is reputedly bidding for new Fox cop show “Deviant Behavior,” created by Josh Berman. But it is unclear if it has put its hat in the ring alongside other British webs, Channel 4 and Sky One, for Warner Bros. sci-fi skeins “Invasion” and “Supernatural” or Fox’s drama “Prison Break.”

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