Weeds and Threshold head Sky One autumn schedule

Sky One is banking on controversial US drug drama Weeds and sci-fi series Threshold as ratings winners in its new line-up for the autumn.

Former-West Winger, Mary Louise Parker, fronts the critically acclaimed Weeds – a suburban sitcom about a widow who resorts to selling cannabis to make ends meet.

The channel’s other main import from the US, Threshold, is billed as the latest X Files and stars Sin City’s Carla Gugino and Brent Spiner from Star Trek.

The two dramas head a list of other new shows snapped up by Sky for the autumn season as competition increases from the likes of a buoyant Channel 4 – in the wake of ratings puller Lost – and the other terrestrial broadcasters.

Other shows in the line up include Final Chance to Save, a series of documentaries featuring Joanna Lumley, Griff Rhys Jones and Vic Reeves.

James Baker, controller of Sky One, said: “We’re confident that Sky One continues to bring the best from the US with Weeds set to mirror its emphatic US reception from audiences and critics alike, Threshold exhibiting the potential for an X-Files style cross-over success and returning series Nip/Tuck and The 4400 continuing to captivate audiences.

 “Authored pieces from Piers Morgan, Julie Burchill, Rod Liddle, Peaches Geldof and Francis Fulford complement a schedule that demonstrates the breadth and diversity of our commissions.”

The long-awaited, Ricky Gervais-penned episode of The Simpsons is also included in the 17th series of the hit cartoon.

By Kevin May

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