BBC America Teases ‘A Discovery of Witches’ Before Network Debut
Streaming night at the local coven is about to get interesting because “A Discovery of Witches” is finally ready to debut on BBC America and AMC. The series stars Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer, and the show is making its network television debut on both networks on April 7th. The network released a new teaser for the series to get sci-fi fans excited for the premiere, which you can watch below.
“A Discovery of Witches” already premiered on AMC Networks’ streaming services Sundance Now and Shudder. It was a massive hit on those platforms and will now air on BBC America and AMC so more people can get into the series. The first season will begin an eight-week run on both networks starting on April 7th, following both network’s previously announced simulcast of “Killing Eve” season two.
The series was adapted from Deborah Harkness’s critically-acclaimed and bestselling book of the same name. If you like to read the original works before seeing the adaptation, you can find Harkness’ work right here on Amazon.
“A Discovery of Witches” is a modern-day love story, set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight. Starring alongside Emmy-nominated Matthew Goode (The Crown)and Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge) are Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Valarie Pettiford (Being Mary Jane) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones).
Second and third seasons of “A Discovery of Witches” have been announced for Sky, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season two is expected to begin production later this year.
“A Discovery of Witches” crushed the Sundance Now records for total video plays. The series saw a 30x increase in the streams of any previous premiere during its first week, a record number of minutes streamed and accounted for more than half of all streaming activity on the platform. The show also helped boost subscribers. Ahead of the series’ premiere, total subscribers to Sundance Now alone increased by nearly 30% since the start of January. In addition, the week ending January 20th saw the largest number of new subscriptions, almost more than double the number added in any previous week. Shudder saw the same effect, with “A Discovery of Witches” accounting for more minutes streamed than any on-demand film or series premiere in the service’s history.
“Thanks to the critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive audience response to A Discovery of Witches, the series has found a new legion of fans. We are thrilled to bring it to a wider audience and pair it with Killing Eve on both AMC and BBC America,” said Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Entertainment Networks. “This is a great example of our cross-network strategy; to expose our series to new audiences across our ecosystem of networks and streaming services.”
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