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CBS Television Distribution Sells ‘Hot In Cleveland’ To Stations Covering 65% of U.S.

In anticipation of a 2014 syndication launch, CBS Television Distribution announced today that it has sold Hot In Cleveland to stations in more than 65% of the country. The TV Land series, which CTD picked up the broadcast domestic distribution rights for last year, is already sold in nine of the top 10 markets and 18 of the top 20 markets.  ”Stations have enthusiastically embraced Hot In Cleveland and see huge potential for this sitcom in their lineups. Hot In Cleveland has been a breakout hit for TV Land and is a perfect fit for the broad audience of broadcast syndication,” said Joe DiSalvo, CTD’s President of Sales today. The deal was put together by CBS/CTD’ SVP Scott Koondel, and Eddie Dalva, EVP of content and program enterprises for Viacom Entertainment and Music Groups. The sale of the series to CBS-owned stations like WLNY, New York, LA’s KCAL, Dallas-Ft. Worth’s KTXA as well as others in top markets comes less than a month after the pick up of Warner Bros TV’s 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly. Starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, Hot in Cleveland premiered in June 2010 as the highest-rated show in TV Land’s almost decade and a half history. Production on the series fourth season of Hot In Cleveland is scheduled to start next month.

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At Loooong Last Oprah Leaves Daytime TV

Sheesh, I thought she would never exit her syndicated show. (I scooped the news all the way back on Nov. 9, 2009.) Not a fan, though I know millions are. And we’re each entitled to our opinion. But the saccharine sign-off Oprah Winfrey used to end her daytime talker made me reach for my insulin: ”I won’t say goodbye, I’ll just say until we meet again,” she said. “To God be the glory.” The real miracle will be if viewers follow her to OWN for nighttime talk:

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BIG SYNDIE DEALS: ‘Glee’ To Oxygen; ‘Modern Family’ To USA

By and | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 10:27am PDT

glee-castUPDATE TUESDAY 10 AM: More details on the blockbuster off-network deals for Glee and Modern Family have emerged. We’ve learned that Modern Family, which marks the first major sitcom acquisition for USA Network, has fetched a license fee close to the eye-popping $1.5 million an episode that The Big Bang Theory recently landed from TBS, with some sources indicating that Modern Family‘s fee might have even exceeded Big Bang‘s.

Modern-Family-ABCWe also hear that Oxygen’s deal for Glee also includes the rights to do two Glee-themed specials. Sources indicated that Twentieth Television was not planning to take Glee and Modern Family on the off-network market until this fall but was approached by NBC Universal with a big preemptive package offer for both shows. That offer, the excitement in the cable marketplace following the recent record-breaking sale of Big Bang and cable’s overall financial strength prompted Twentieth TV to open bidding for both shows, whose deals were negotiated separately. Glee and Modern Family will start airing on Oxygen and USA as strips in fall 2013. The station portion of the two shows’ off-network sale will be tackled later.

EXCLUSIVE Tuesday 1AM: The TV syndication market is red-hot and here’s more evidence: the 2 most talked-about new series of this TV season, Fox’s Glee and ABC’s Modern Family, are headed to big off-network syndication deals. We’ve learned that Twentieth Television is finalizing separate deals for the cable rights to … Read More »

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