MBC lines up 'free' exclusive US content for the New Year

Rebecca Hawkes | 14-11-2011

Pan-Arab satellite broadcaster MBC has unveiled its new season of exclusive US TV series set to be aired for the first time in the Middle East in January 2012, following the conclusion of multi-year programming output deals with Hollywood studios.

The new shows for MBC4, which will all be shown free to air, include the third season of The Good Wife, staring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Julianna Margulies (on Sundays 20GMT); The Vampire Diaries Season 3 (on Mondays at 20GMT); Ringer starring Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar (Tuesday, 20GMT); and The Secret Circle (Wednesday, 20GMT).

"The series are now airing closer to the US airing dates, assuring our loyal viewers our solid commitment to satisfying their discerning needs to be up to date with latest US dramas," MBC said in a statement.

MBC4 is one of Dubai-based MBC's ten pan-regional TV channels, tailored towards women and young Arab families with a mix of top-rated Western content and locally produced flagship shows.

As well as the new series, MBC4 is home to hugely popular Turkish soaps dubbed into Arabic and Arabs Got Talent the second season of which is currently in production following a phenomenally successful premiere earlier this year.