ITV2 acquires Ben and Kate
ITV2 has acquired the UK premiere broadcast rights to Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution’s new single camera comedy – Ben and Kate
Ben and Kate follows a pair of odd-couple siblings and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.
Kate Fox (Dakota Johnson) followed the rules all her life... until she got pregnant in college and dropped out just shy of graduation. After the birth of her daughter, Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), Kate put her 20s on hold. Now working as a bar manager to make ends meet and maximise her time with Maddie, she’s uber-prepared for every possible catastrophe – except for the arrival of her older brother, Ben Fox (Nat Faxon).
Ben likes trouble a lot more than his sister does. His infectious energy makes everyone want to follow him into any number of bad ideas. Where Kate is all about planning and preparing, Ben is big on spontaneity and out-of-the-box ideas.
When Ben comes to crash on Kate’s couch for a few days, he finds a sad state of affairs. For the first time in their lives, Kate needs Ben’s help, and he’s determined to bring some much-needed chaos into her overly stable world. Always there to help with Ben’s crazy schemes is his partner-in-crime, Tommy (Echo Kellum), who worships Ben like a hero and nurses a serious crush on Kate. Kate’s British best friend, BJ (Lucy Punch), is a cocktail waitress at the bar and an all-around hot mess who would do anything for Kate, even if it’s questionable or illegal.
ITV Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Angela Jain said, "We are delighted to have acquired Ben and Kate, it is a funny and well-acted comedy with laugh-out loud moments. As part of ITV2's strategy to put more scripted comedy in the schedule this show feels like the perfect first step."
Steve Cornish, SVP and Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution added, "Ben and Kate is a very charming and unique comedy that we think is perfect for ITV2. We are extremely excited about the UK launch and are confident it will achieve great success."