Orange adds to U.S. comedy store

'Head Case,' 'Party Down,' 'Cougar' nabbed

PARIS — Gallic paybox Orange has amped up its quotient of comedy half-hours, acquiring Starz laffers “Head Case” and “Party Down” plus ABC’s Courteney Cox starrer “Cougar Town.”

All three will air on Orange’s five-channel premium pay TV service, Orange Cinema Series. OCS is also nabbing Gallic B.O. hits and film market favorites, mostly comedies.

Pickups include the top-grossing French film of 2009, “Little Nicholas,” which made $46.6 million, plus “L.O.L.: Laughing Out Loud” ($31.3 million) and Unifrance Paris Rendez-Vous hit “Heartbreaker.”

OCS will air John Wells-produced L.A. cop drama “Southland,” sold abroad by Warner Bros. Intl. TV Distribution, and ABC Family gymnastics drama “Make It or Break It.”

OCS’ 2010 sked features soph seasons of HBO’s “Hung,” Sony’s “Breaking Bad” and Lionsgate TV’s “Crash,” plus the third season of HBO’s “True Blood.”

“Comedy is a genre that is not exploited on TV in France as well as it should be: We saw an opportunity for Orange Cinema Series to offer a diverse choice of comedy programming,” said Herve Payan, senior VP of the Orange content division.

The number of premium pay TV subs at OCS and Orange Sport reached 596,000 by Sept. 30.

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