TBS snags TV rights for the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Michelle Clancy | 27-12-2013

Even as it tops charts for box office revenue, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, already has a cable TV home to look forward to. Turner Broadcasting System has secured the network television premiere window for the movie, planned for a 2016 premiere.

The Desolation of Smaug is director Peter Jackson's second in a trilogy of films based on JRR Tolkien's beloved novel. So far, it has brought in $127.5 million domestically and $403.8 million worldwide.
TBS and parent TNT are no strangers to Middle Earth. TNT debuted The Lord of the Rings Trilogy during the 2004-2006 time period. And, the first film in the current trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will make its debut on TNT in 2015.
"TNT has been the primary television home to Tolkien's Middle Earth for nearly a decade, beginning with our network television premieres of The Lord of the Rings trilogy," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. "We're proud to continue our association with these extraordinary and enormously popular epics with the acquisition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."