The first season of the fantasy drama centered on a forbidden love between a vampire and a witch was a breakout hit for U.K’s SkyOne, and will get quite a launch here in America, airing after the highly anticipated second season premiere of Killing Eve on both BBC America and mothership channel AMC.
So mark your calendars for Sunday, April 7.
JUST ANNOUNCED@ADiscoveryOfWTV series 1 to premiere on@AMC_TV and @BBCAMERICA on Sunday, April 7th.#ADiscoveryofWitches— Bad Wolf (@BadWolf_TV) February 9, 2019
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Starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer, A Discovery of Witches follows the story of an Oxford professor – who’s also a vampire – and a student, who happens to be a witch descended from the women of Salem. The two find themselves involved in a forbidden love and trapped on the cusp of interspecies magical war.
The series has been available in the U.S. since early January exclusively on AMC’s OTT streaming services Sundance Now and Shudder. And according to Deadline, it broke records for total video plays and drove a significant number of new subscribers.
The debut of A Discovery of Witches smashed Sundance Now records for total video plays, with 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. In anticipation 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 20 saw the largest number of new subscriptions, almost more than double the number added in any previous week. The series was also a monster hit in its Shudder debut, 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.”
The news that A Discovery of Witches will be making its way to actual televisions this spring is likely to be a source of great relief to fans of the best-selling All Souls Trilogy of novels who didn’t have access to either of these – let’s not forget, relatively new – streaming platforms.
A Discovery of Witches has already been renewed for both a second and third season, and filming is set to begin later this year.
Are you going to give it a try when it lands on linear television this spring? Should I read the books before I watch it? How dreamy does Matthew Goode look here, really? Let’s discuss.