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Sky has snapped up the rights to two US series to be broadcast on Sky1.

'About a Boy' and 'Star-Crossed' will air at the end of this month, and the start of April respectively.

'About a Boy' is based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. It stars David Walton as a bachelor called Will who befriends a boy named Marcus. Minnie Driver stars as Marcus' mother Fiona.

Hornby's book was made into a film of the same name, which starred Hugh Grant.

The series is shown on NBC in the US. It attracted 8.26 million viewers when it debuted last month. It will start on Sky1 on 31 March at 9:30pm.

'Star-Crossed', meanwhile, is a sci-fi series focussing on the romance between a human girl and an alien male.

It premiered on The CW in February in the US. It will be shown on Friday, 4 April at 8pm on Sky1.

Sky Living has also announced it is dropping two US shows.

Future episodes of 'Supernatural' and 'Cougar Town' won't be shown on the Sky channel. That leaves both shows without a UK home.

Sky said in a statement on its website: "We understand fans of the shows may be disappointed by this news and we wanted to reassure you that we appreciate your passion for TV, Sky Living and these shows in particular.

"Please be assured that here at Sky Living we're committed to bringing you a fantastic line-up of new shows in 2014. To find out more about what's coming up over the next few months please visit www.sky.com/living."

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