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June 20, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
TBS has landed the syndication rights to CBS' "2 Broke Girls. " The comedy, distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television, is slated to make its debut on the cable network in 2015. In the series, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs star as two penny-pinching girls from different backgrounds -- who just happen to have a mutual respect for cupcakes and vagina jokes . The show's freshman season averaged about 11 million viewers, and it was the No. 1 new show last season. But it's still unusual that its reruns have been sold this early in the game, as our sister blog Company Town points out .  "When '2 Broke Girls' premiered last fall, it immediately found its audience and appeared to us to be a perfect fit for TBS," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
January 29, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Morrie Turner was just a cartoon-doodling kid in Oakland, he wrote a fan letter to the creator of the popular comic strip "Terry and the Pirates. " In return, Milton Caniff, who later created "Steve Canyon," sent young Turner a typed, six-page personal reply with pointers on story lines and drawing. "It changed my whole life," Turner told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. "The fact that he took the time to share all that with a kid, a stranger, didn't impress me all that much at the time.
February 1, 1992 | DANIEL CERONE
"The Ed Sullivan Show," which CBS paid tribute to twice last year with high-rated network specials, is making a comeback. Documentary filmmaker Andrew Solt, who purchased all 1,087 hours and 10,000 performances in 1990 for a reported $5 million to $10 million, will break up the old one-hour shows into themed subjects and performances and release them beginning in April through Buena Vista Home Video.
December 20, 2013 | By Meg James
Katie Couric's high-profile return to daytime television is coming to an end. Couric and the Disney/ABC Television Group, which distributes her syndicated talk show, "Katie," said Thursday that it would end next summer after two seasons. The show airs in Los Angeles on the Walt Disney Co.-owned station, KABC-TV Channel 7. Pulling the plug on the show was a joint decision, the two parties said. "While production will continue on 'Katie' through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show," Couric and Disney/ABC said in a joint statement.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll   Ratings have been soft for the show, which launched in September 2012 amid fanfare.
March 16, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
The proposed merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications has added fresh impetus to the 5-year-old negotiations between the three major television networks and their principal program suppliers over who should own the entertainment fare on which each thrives.
Is America ready for Wally George--again? Ready or not, the controversial talk show host whose raucous "Hot Seat" show originates from KDOC-TV in Anaheim has signed a deal with a South Dakota syndicator that will bring him into 30 million households across the country by mid-March. George's one-hour show, which was syndicated briefly in the early 1980s, will be seen on 75 stations and a small number of cable systems fed by Hagen Marketing and Communications of Custer, S.D.
November 18, 1986 | MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writer
Television history is about to be made. At 4 p.m., EST, today, the New York accounting firm of Price Waterhouse will deliver to Viacom Enterprises sealed bids that will determine which Los Angeles station gets to broadcast "The Cosby Show" every weekday starting in the fall of 1988. With New York station WOR-TV having just spent a reported record-smashing $364,000 per episode for these so-called syndication rights, the Los Angeles bidding is expected to break records locally, if not nationally.
Three minutes, a panel of studio heads and an audience. It was a seminar titled "Pitch Me!" and provided a firsthand look at the mix of ambition and desperation that fuels this annual convention of television programming executives. After a lecture on the anatomy of an irresistible pitch, some of the thousands of hungry and wannabe television producers and scriptwriters entered a raffle. The lucky winners got that three-minute shot at possible fame and fortune.
Although the episodic hour format is making a major comeback on the major TV networks, first-run syndicated dramas are having a tougher go of it. Already canceled are "Hawkeye," "Robocop," "Sirens" and "Heaven Help Us." And the low-rated "Robin's Hoods," "University Hospital" and "Pointman" are likely to follow unless they perform strongly in the current May ratings sweeps. "Vanishing Son" also will vanish, but may turn up on a broadcast or cable network.
October 20, 1985
A partnership formed by the Cook-Holman Co., a syndication firm based on San Marino, has purchased the 48-unit Glendora West Apartments in Glendora from Glendora West Partnership for about $2.5 million, according to Hughes Real Estate of Glendora.
December 19, 2013 | By Meg James
Katie Couric's syndicated television talk show has been canceled. Disney/ABC Television and Couric jointly announced the move Thursday afternoon. "While production will continue on “Katie” through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show," the two parties said in a joint statement. "We're very proud of everyone's contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.
October 28, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Craig Ferguson, the host of the "The Late Late Show" on CBS, is getting another TV gig. Ferguson will host a game show called "Celebrity Name Game," in which celebrities team with contestants to identify famous figures.  The show will be launched for national syndication next fall; it was developed by Courteney Cox's and David Arquette's company, Coquette Productions. "Deal or No Deal's" Scott St. John will serve as its showrunner.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The series, based on the board game "Identity Crisis," is being produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury (Lionsgate's television distribution and syndication company)
October 22, 2013 | By Meg James
CBS Corp. has hired Hilary Estey McLoughlin as president of creative affairs for its distribution unit, overseeing such popular programs as "Judge Judy," "Entertainment Tonight," "Doctor Phil" and "Rachael Ray. " Estey McLoughlin left Warner Bros. this past summer in a shake-up that followed Warner Bros.' hiring of Mike Darnell , former reality wizard of Fox Broadcasting. Estey McLoughlin had been president of Warner Bros.' Telepictures Productions for nearly seven years.
October 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, stars of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," have been named the highest-paid TV actors of 2013 by Forbes magazine. Despite flagging viewership as of late, the show makes most of its dough in syndication, which keeps its male stars -- old and new -- in the magazine's top 10 . Besides syndication, most of the actors on the list have some meager box-office bucks that helped boost their totals this year. The magazine calculates the earnings by speaking with producers, managers, agents and other individuals in the industry to figure out how much the actors made through their entertainment-related endeavors between June 2012 and June 2013, Forbes said.
September 17, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Meg James
Since bursting on the showbiz scene in 1989 with a no-nonsense attitude and a fiery rap delivery, Queen Latifah has demonstrated a knack for versatility and self-transformation. The 43-year-old has landed in the winners' circle as a singer, hip-hop artist, producer and actress - even scoring an Oscar acting nomination for "Chicago" - while simultaneously pursuing her off-screen interests as an entrepreneur, including a clothing and cosmetics line. One of her few career blemishes was a 1999 stab at hosting a talk show.
July 8, 2013 | By Meg James
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has realigned a big chunk of its television empire, bringing its syndication and distribution business under the control of two respected Fox executives, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Walden and Newman have jointly run the company's profitable television production studio, Twentieth Century Fox Television, for more than a decade. The studio is home to such network hits as "Modern Family," "Family Guy," "The Simpsons," "Glee" and "Homeland. " As part of the realignment, the arm that sells television shows, known as Twentieth Television, moves over to become a division of the Los Angeles-based production studio.
In a move that the television networks hope will cause a major split in the foundations of the Hollywood production community, Fox Inc. Chairman Barry Diller announced Friday his long-expected intention to challenge the federal restrictions on networks' ownership of programming and syndication of reruns.
Network and Hollywood executives traded accusations Friday over who has the most power in deciding what gets aired on American television and how fairly they wield it. The forum was a Federal Communications Commission hearing on whether changes should be made in rules that limit the financial interest that networks can have in programs they broadcast and that prohibit them from sharing in revenue from reruns sold to domestic independent stations and abroad.
July 3, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Marie Osmond, whose daytime talk show was just canceled by Hallmark Channel, is planning for a syndicated talk show in 2014. Associated Television International, who produced Osmond's talk fest, said they will be pitching the show to broadcasters. "Our initial exposure on Hallmark Channel provided the perfect launching ground, and we're delighted with the unprecedented media attention Marie and the program has enjoyed," Jim Romanovich, Associated Television International's president of worldwide entertainment, said in a statement.
July 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Marie Osmond got some unwelcome news from the Hallmark Channel, the home of her daytime talk show. The cable network, which is transitioning to what executives say is a "much more diversified portfolio of family-friendly programming," is not renewing Osmond's show for a second season. "With so many talk-show offerings in the daypart, particularly in broadcast syndication, Hallmark Channel has decided not to green-light a second season of its Critics Choice Award-nominated talk show, 'Marie,'" the network said in a statement.
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