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Cuatro takes Disney duo

Buys include 'Criminal Minds' spinoff

Spanish broadcaster Cuatro has picked up free-to-air TV rights to CBS’ still-untitled “Criminal Minds” spinoff, starring Forest Whitaker.

Cuatro has also nabbed ABC’s summer hit cop series “Rookie Blue” and the Alphabet’s upcoming superhero family drama “No Ordinary Family.”

The “Criminal Minds” spinoff, which could be ready for a mid-season launch Stateside, and “No Ordinary Family” are part of a TV series and feature deal Cuatro inked last year with Disney Media Distribution, giving Cuatro first option on two of a total three Disney dramas every year.

“Rookie Blue,” greenlit by ABC for a second season, has been acquired from Toronto-based E1 Entertainment. NBC U Spanish pay TV channel Calle 13 will air it in September.

“At the moment we don’t have the release dates of the three series planned, but we’ll air them in primetime,” said Alejandro Florez, Cuatro head of programming, foreign production.

Launched November 2005 by Spanish media giant Prisa, Cuatro has built its brand on U.S. skeins, driven by the success of “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In December, Mediaset-controlled broadcaster Telecinco announced it would take a majority stake in Cuatro, a big step in the consolidation in Spain’s TV sector.

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