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Hallmark buys I Love Lucy, Cheers, 7th Heaven

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 28th 2007 2:02PM

I Love LucyLooks like the Hallmark Channel is making a bid to play with the bigger networks.

The cable network has gone on a Christmas shopping spree and bought several shows from CBS Television Distribution, including I Love Lucy, Cheers, 7th Heaven, 12 holiday movies, and more episodes of Touched By An Angel and Matlock. 7th Heaven starts in January, Cheers later next year, and then I Love Lucy will start in early 2009.

This is good news for fans who like the channel but are overdosing on reruns of Murder, She Wrote and those mystery movies that star John Larroquette and Lea Thompson.

I'm curious to see how this affects TV Land, which currently airs I Love Lucy and Cheers. Will Hallmark get exclusive rights to run them? I assume so. Maybe Hallmark can become the new TV Land, since TV Land seems to be getting further and further away from their core with movies (Thelma and Louise?) and reality shows (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).

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Nancy

I love the movies the Halmark channel has to offer. I'm so pleased Touched by an angel has been brought back. I just wish there were more episodes back to back!

January 02 2008 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jmartin

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/blog/2007/11/day-24-wgas-strike-hallmark-channel.html read that for the TV Land update on this story

November 28 2007 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dirk Banyon

Maybe now, they'll release seasons 9-11 of Cheers on DVD.

November 28 2007 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
slyn11

Oh no! I hope they don't become a wasteland for sitcom reruns. I enjoy the channel's emphasis on movies.

November 28 2007 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dominic a

Tv land has jumped the shark. Well all of nick's programing is blah.

November 28 2007 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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