or


[03/02/04 - 12:00 AM]
TNT Lands 'Alias' Repeats on the Cheap
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- TNT has scooped up the off-network rights to ABC's "Alias" in a deal valued at a modest $17.6 million.

The pact gives the cable channel the exclusive weekday rights to the series beginning in the fall of 2005, with the option to air the drama up to 10 times per week. Distributor Buena Vista Television will deliver at least 88 episodes to TNT, virtually ensuring "Alias" will return for a fourth season on ABC.

TNT will pay roughly $200,000 per episode for "Alias," making it the least the network has paid for an off-network run in recent memory. Recent pacts by the cable channel include $1.35 million per episode for "Without a Trace," $900,000 per episode for "ER," $800,000 per episode for "Law & Order," $700,000 per episode for "N.Y.P.D. Blue" (split with Court TV), $600,000 per episode for "Charmed," $550,000 per episode for "The X-Files" (split with Sci Fi Channel) and $250,000 per episode for "Angel."

Industry insiders say the show's disappointing showing in the off-network market in no doubt tied to its serial nature, as storylines generally extend beyond individual episodes. Such a practice causes repeats of "Alias" to perform significantly below its first-run installments whereas more stand alone series like "Law & Order" and "Without a Trace" often see repeats perform on par with their original broadcasts. Acquisition executives also saw the poor showing of "Alias'" repurposed run on ABC Family in 2002 as proof positive of the show's limited syndication value.

On ABC "Alias" has averaged a solid but unspectacular 8.2 million viewers this season. More importantly though, the series has averaged a 3.4 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 in its Sunday, 9:00/8:00c slot, good enough for second place in the time period. Said figure certainly makes "Alias" an attractive series for TNT, which currently ranks as the most-watched cable network among total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

Nevertheless, Buena Vista was reportedly looking to earn close to $1 million per episode for the drama when it began pitching cable networks six months ago. The distributor will try to make up some additional revenue by trying to sell "Alias'" weekend rights to local stations across the country for fall 2005.





  [march 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· ALIAS (ABC)
· ANGEL (WB)
· CHARMED (WB)
· ER (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· NYPD BLUE (ABC)
· WITHOUT A TRACE (CBS)
· X-FILES, THE (FOX)





[04/25/18 - 01:29 PM]
EPIX Orders Drama Series "Godfather of Harlem"
Written and executive produced by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, the 10-episode series will star Oscar(R) winner Forest Whitaker who will also executive produce through his company Significant Productions.

[04/25/18 - 01:06 PM]
Ready, Set, Bingo! Play Live Bingo on IFC Thursday Nights
Viewers can play along live by watching the "Bingo Breaks," with balls called by actual IFC employees and special guests, for a chance to win a special "slightly off" prize each week.

[04/25/18 - 11:44 AM]
Investigation Discovery to Air Updated "People Magazine Investigates" Special Regarding the Capture of the Suspected Golden State Killer
Said installment will air this Friday, April 27 at 10:00/9:00c and Sunday, April 29 at 8:00/7:00c.

[04/25/18 - 11:06 AM]
Lifetime Kicks Off June with Two Unscripted Premieres - "Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol" & "Escaping Polygamy"
Look for both series back-to-back beginning Monday, June 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/25/18 - 11:01 AM]
Video: New Key Art and Trailer Revealed for TNT's "Animal Kingdom"
Season three of this bold, adrenaline-fueled hit drama premieres Tuesday, May 29.

[04/25/18 - 11:00 AM]
ABC Announces May Sweeps Programming, Airing Through May 23
On May 21, the winners of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" and "American Idol" will be crowned.

[04/25/18 - 10:55 AM]
"Monster Week" Returns to Animal Planet Memorial Day Weekend
Highlights include a two-hour "Finding Bigfoot" special on Sunday, May 27.

[04/25/18 - 10:01 AM]
Discovery's All-New Series "Sticker Shock" Revs Up with Special Premiere Airing Monday, April 30
The series continues with its regular schedule on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:00/9:00c.

[04/25/18 - 09:05 AM]
Sadie Stanley and Sean Giambrone to Star in Live-Action "Kim Possible" Disney Channel Original Movie
The comedy-adventure will go into production this summer and is set to debut in 2019.

[04/25/18 - 09:04 AM]
Nickelodeon Brings Back "Double Dare" in Brand-New Series!
With "Double Dare" remaining an iconic touchstone for its original millennial audiences, the new version will feature the gameplay and challenges they remember, as well as appearances from blasts from the past and stars from today.

[04/25/18 - 09:02 AM]
Video: Welcome Back to Winchester! Netflix's "Dear White People" Vol. 2 Launches May 4
Get a glimpse at the much-anticipated new season with the official season two trailer here.

[04/25/18 - 09:01 AM]
NASCAR(R) Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Wife Amy Race to Home Reno Victory in New DIY Network Series "Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy"
The four-episode series, which premieres Saturday, June 2, will showcase Dale Jr.'s love of home improvement and Amy's design expertise as they overcome the trials of this massive renovation.

[04/25/18 - 09:00 AM]
Pop Celebrates Five Consecutive Years of Growth with New Upfront Programming Slate
"We are heading into this year's upfront with an ever-growing linear television audience, a premium slate of original content with A-list talent, and carriage across all major distributors and almost every over-the-top service," said Brad Schwartz.

[04/25/18 - 08:17 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos "Roseanne" Marathon
The Alphabet's four encores still manage to hold off the competition among adults 18-49.

[04/25/18 - 07:57 AM]
Cooking Channel Heats Up Primetime with a Hot New Season of "Man Fire Food"
The 13 new episodes kick off Wednesday, May 30 with flaming bold flavors.