The moves follow a strategy instigated by C5 director of programmes Kevin Lygo to buy more major series to replace the channel's traditional 21.00 film. As part of the strategy, Lygo has promised distributors that the broadcaster will 'look after' any shows it acquires.
The broadcaster plans to air Law and Order on a Saturday night in the slot before CSI to boost the success of that series. Law and Order will launch on 2 February at 22.00 and will begin from series seven, after the first episode of the second series of CSI at 21.00.
Law and Order, based in New York and produced by Wolf Films in association with Studios USA Television, already airs in the UK on the Hallmark Channel.
The deal with distributor Universal Studios Television Distribution was negotiated by C5 controller of acquisitions Jeff Ford.
Ford suggested further acquisitions were in the pipeline, but declined to give details. He said more acquired programming would be sought to air at 21.00 on the channel, provided it rated higher than the average ratings for a film in the same slot. In the past year, The Rock was the highest rating film with 3.7 million viewers.