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[05/15/10 - 12:01 PM]
The Big Bang Theory to Launch in Syndication on the FOX Television Stations and Tbs
The multiplatform off-network syndication launch is due in fall 2011.

[via press release from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution]

The Big Bang Theory to Launch in Syndication on the FOX Television Stations and TBS

May 15, 2010

The Big Bang Theory, network television's number one comedy series among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, is set for a multiplatform off-network syndication launch in fall 2011 on the Fox Television Stations and Turner Broadcasting's TBS, through a strategic partnership with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The joint announcement of the multiyear agreement for the highly acclaimed series was made by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD); Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming, Fox Television Stations; and Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

The Fox-owned stations have acquired the exclusive off-network broadcast television rights in the following 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Orlando and Baltimore.

Cicha stated: "When the top sitcom on television becomes available, you have to take it seriously from both a qualitative and competitive standpoint, which we did. We are confident that 'The Big Bang Theory' will strengthen our already powerful comedy blocks on the Fox-owned stations."

On cable, TBS will be the exclusive provider of off-network episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" and will also commence airing the series in fall 2011 as a weekday strip.

TBS's Wright added: "'The Big Bang Theory' is simply one of the best comedies to come out in a very long time. With endearing characters and writing that is as consistent as it is funny, 'The Big Bang Theory' is already a tremendous hit among young adult viewers, making it an ideal fit for TBS's lineup."

Werner said: "'The Big Bang Theory' presents an increasingly rare proposition for broadcast stations and cable services: the chance to acquire a traditional, multi-camera, A-tier comedy that is still expanding its audience on network television and which is poised for continued growth in future seasons, making it an asset that will only increase in value for Fox and TBS for years to come. A-tier sitcoms are a very rare breed that only come along once in a television generation. Past generations have each had their examples: 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and 'Two and a Half Men' have each transformed the performance of their broadcast and cable outlets. We are excited that our broadcast and cable partners have come together in a synergistic manner to embrace 'The Big Bang Theory' as this generation's A-tier sitcom."

Werner continued: "The demand for this show has been building steadily for more than a year. We couldn't be more gratified by the reception that 'Big Bang' has received in the marketplace, and we have found the perfect launch partners in Fox and TBS, both of whom instantly realized the enormous potential value to be realized from this forward-thinking partnership. We look forward to presenting the show to stations throughout the rest of the country in the coming weeks."

Created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) & Bill Prady (Gilmore Girls), The Big Bang Theory has exploded in popularity in the 2009-10 season - its third - on CBS (Mondays 9:30 p.m. ET/PT), ranking as CBS' number one scripted series among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. Big Bang is also television's number one comedy among both Women and Men 18-49, as well as Women and Men 25-54. Additionally, The Big Bang Theory repeats rank as the number three sitcom in all of network TV, behind only its original telecasts and Warner Bros. Television's Two and a Half Men, distributed off-network by WBDTD. The Big Bang Theory is the first comedy in at least 20 years to rank at the #1 show while broadcast at 9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory provides stations and cable channels with a mass-appeal, widely accessible program that repeats well and delivers a gender-balanced audience coveted by stations, cable services and advertisers. (Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research, NTI Galaxy, Live + Same Day rating 9/21/09-5/9/10 plus repeats only ranker, excludes specials. Historical data prior to 1991 unavailable.)

In addition to its commercial success, The Big Bang Theory has also been one of the most acclaimed comedies on television. USA Today has proclaimed it "TV's best sitcom," while Entertainment Weekly called it "�an addictive ensemble piece that could be this decade's answer to 'Friends' - thanks to its nimble dialogue, perfect casting, and relatable characters," giving it a grade of "A." For 2009, The Big Bang Theory received the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy honor at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards; the American Film Institute named the show as an official selection on its list of Television Programs of the Year; and series star Jim Parsons was nominated for an Emmy� Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy. And the series won Favorite TV Comedy at the 2010 People's Choice Awards.

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar star in The Big Bang Theory. Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Lee Aronsohn are the executive producers. The series is from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television.

About Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) is one of the leading suppliers of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace, distributing first-run syndicated series, off-network television programs and theatrical motion pictures to local broadcast television stations, as well as to pay, cable, satellite and broadcast networks throughout the U.S. WBDTD handles the domestic distribution of television series produced by Warner Bros. Television, Telepictures Productions, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Horizon Television; selected HBO Independent Productions and the Lorimar Television library; current feature films from Warner Bros. Pictures; and the Studio's unmatched motion picture library.

About Fox Television Stations

The Fox Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.21% of television homes in the U.S. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.

About TBS

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, Neighbors from Hell, Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the late-night hit Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez, and the upcoming late-night series starring Conan O'Brien; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy and The Office; specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.





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