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Paramount Musical ‘Grease: Live’ to Air on U.K. Broadcaster ITV

LONDON — U.K. broadcaster ITV has picked up Paramount Television’s musical “Grease: Live.” The show, which will be filmed and broadcast live in the U.S. on Fox on Jan. 31, will air on ITV2 on Feb. 3.

The show stars Julianne Hough (“Safe Haven,” “Rock of Ages”) as Sandy; Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” “Les Miserables”) as Danny Zuko; and Vanessa Hudgens (“Spring Breakers”) as Rizzo. Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”) is the executive producer; Thomas Kail (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) is the director overseeing the stage direction; and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing With the Stars”) serves as the live television director.

Earlier this month, ITV announced that it had acquired U.S. talk-show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which started airing on ITV2 on Jan. 18, and the channel recently became the U.K. home for the Seth MacFarlane family of shows: “American Dad,” “The Cleveland Show” and “Bordertown.” Its other U.S. shows include “Royal Pains” and “Two and a Half Men.”

ITV2 is the second-most watched digital channel in the U.K. for 16-34 year olds, and accounts for 82 of the top 500 digital programs for the 16-34s. It carries a broad mix of entertainment fare, including talkshows, comedies, soaps and Hollywood movies.

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