BSkyB nabs ‘Ringer’

Series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar

LONDON — Dominant U.K. TV paybox BSkyB has bought another high-profile U.S. show. Its latest acquisition is the CBS drama ”Ringer,” which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and British actor Ioan Gruffudd.

The deal gives the female-skewed Sky Living web exclusive U.K. rights to ”Ringer,” in what the satcaster described as a ”multi-season” deal with CBS Studios Intl.

In the skein, which marks Gellar’s first return to TV series drama since ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the actress plays Bridget, a woman on the run who assumes her wealthy and estranged twin sister’s identity, but discovers her sister’s life is just as fraught as her own.

Deal was brokered by BSkyB acquisitions manager Louisa Forsyth, and Stephen Tague, senior VP of Europe for CBS Studios Intl.

”Ringer” is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros Television in association with ABC Television Studios and Brillstein Entertainment.

Earlier this summer the paybox nabbed the Steven Spielberg sci-fi action series ”Terra Nova,” another show creating buzz at May’s LA Screenings, for its Sky 1 web.

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