15-part skein to air on Sky Atlantic

LONDON — U.K. paybox BSkyB has nabbed exclusive local TV rights to “Smash,” which goes behind the scenes of an imagined Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.

The show will air on Sky Atlantic, joining “Boardwalk Empire” and “Mad Men,” next year.

The 15-part skein, exec produced by Steven Spielberg, is due to bow in the U.S. on NBC in February. BSkyB acquired “Smash” from NBCUniversal Intl. Television Distribution.

Cast includes Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Brian D’Arcy James.

Move comes as the paybox announced it is beefing up the amount of original U.K. commissions on Sky Atlantic, which is aimed at an upscale aud.

These include four-part police drama “Falcon,” based on Robert Wilson’s novels, and “Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia,” in which the humorist tries to skewer the eccentricities of Brit culture.

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