Sky Living acquires Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer

Sky Living has acquired the UK rights to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new American drama series Ringer which airs on The CW in the states. It is the actresses first major television role since the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Sky Living today announces its acquisition of the thrilling and fast-paced US drama “Ringer” in an exclusive multi-season deal with CBS Studios International that will enhance the channel’s prime-time drama content, and cement Sky Living’s reputation for securing the hottest US imports to complement its British originations.

Debuting in the US on the CW network on September 13th, followed swiftly by its UK premiere on Sky Living, “Ringer” (13 x 60) will help spearhead an action-packed autumn schedule and was one of the most eagerly awaited pilots at this year’s LA Screenings. It dominated this year’s Comic-Con and has generated a huge buzz worldwide among both fans and industry insiders. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Bridget, a woman on the run who assumes her wealthy and estranged twin sister’s Siobhan’s identity, only to discover that her sister’s life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to escape.

In this edgy thriller about redemption and revenge, recovering addict Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, [former “Lost” star Nestor Carbonell], Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm [Mike Colter] In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan (also played by Gellar).

Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin [Ioan Gruffudd, The Fantastic Four, Hornblower], Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears mysteriously, and Bridget makes the split second decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma [Tara Summers], and Gemma’s husband, Henry [Kristoffer Polaha]. But when an attempt is made on her life, Bridget discovers that living as Siobhan is no less dangerous than the old life she is trying to escape.

“‘Securing “Ringer” exclusively for Sky Living demonstrates yet again our commitment to owning the very best in primetime US drama. The combination of impeccable casting with the TV legend that is Sarah Michelle Geller and seasoned British actor Ioan Gruffudd, coupled with the show’s edgy suspense will ensure that viewers, and especially Buffy fans, are certainly in for a treat this autumn.” – BSkyB’s Acquisitions Manager Louisa Forsyth