DirecTV To Launch Sleeper Cell Wednesday


Continuing to bolster its programming ranks, DirecTV has acquired the rights to Showtime drama Sleeper Cell.

The satellite provider, which secured the right to all 18 installments of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series that tracks an FBI agent who infiltrates a U.S.-based cell of Islamic terrorists, will begin airing the show Wednesdays commercial-free on its The 101 Network on Jan. 28 at 9 p.m.
"I am thrilled to bring Sleeper Cell to The 101Network," said Eric Shanks, executive vice president of entertainment at DirecTV in a statement. "It is one of the most gripping dramas ever made for television and our viewers will definitely be glued to the screen. With the addition of Sleeper Cell to our Wednesday night lineup, airing right beforeWonderland, our audiences are in for one heart-pounding night of TV."
DirecTV also brought a new season of Friday Nights Lightsto the screen, footing production costs and gaining first window rights to the drama, which is now screening on NBC.