WGN America isn’t making its own scripted shows anymore, but it’s not abandoning dramas and comedies entirely: The cable channel has acquired a Canadian crime drama called “Bellevue” to air early next year.
“Bellevue” stars Anna Paquin as a detective in the smallish city of Bellevue who’s investigating the disappearance of a teenage boy. She soon discovers the case has disturbing parallels to the murder of a young woman 20 years earlier.
Shawn Doyle (“The Expanse,” “Big Love”) and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”) also star in the series, which debuted earlier this year in Canada. Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell created “Bellevue.”
WGN America (whose parent company, Tribune Media, also owns TV by the Numbers) got out of the scripted-series business earlier this year following the cancellation of “Outsiders” and “Underground.” Tribune Media is in the process of being sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group, and the company decided to shift away from more expensive first-run dramas to cheaper shows (i.e., unscripted ones) and relatively low-cost acquired series.
“Bellevue” falls into the second category, and is the first show WGN America has acquired since the sale to Sinclair was announced. It’s set to debut in early 2018; an exact premiere date will be announced later.