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Turner Picks Up Syndication Rights to 'The Cleveland Show'

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 7th 2010 11:20AM
Turner picks up syndication rights for 'The Cleveland Show'The good fortune continues for 'The Cleveland Show' as Turner has picked up the Fox animated sitcom's syndication rights, according to Variety. Starting in 2013, TBS and Adult Swim will begin airing episodes of the show, as they have done with another Seth MacFarlane production, 'The Family Guy.'

'The Cleveland Show' is a spinoff of 'The Family Guy,' relocating the Cleveland Brown character to Virginia, where he starts a new life.
Last month, with only one full season having aired, Fox renewed 'The Cleveland Show' for a third season. The network had previously renewed it for a second season before the show's debut, which turned out to be a hit with adults 18-34 and teens. Adult Swim also holds the rights to MacFarlane's 'American Dad,' which also runs on Fox.

Variety also points to a trend -- cable networks spending money for the syndication rights to first-year non-cable network shows. Twentieth Television sold the rights to 'Modern Family' to USA and 'Glee' to Oxygen.

A show would usually have to reach about 100 episodes to be considered for syndication, since each episode will be played multiple times. If 'Modern Family,' 'Glee' and 'The Cleveland Show' continue to perform and the syndication bet pays off, it may start more of a trend away from the 100-episode standard.

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I think the 100 standard has been dead for awhile. Lately I've had time to watch and it seems the stations just rerun a season or 2 from whatever programs they have on. Swear I've seen the same episode of 2 and a half men about 5 times in the past 3 months.

July 08 2010 at 3:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Richard, what are you smoking?

a) Futurama was not a spinoff
b) Are you confusing Matt Groening and Seth MacFarland? The Simpsons and Futurama are the only two Groening cartoons on the air (and I can only assume that's what you mean by Springfield Factory).

July 07 2010 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Be warned...Richard Ott is a troll who hates any cartoon that's not Sesame Street, The Jetsons or the Flintstones. He comments in every posting about animated shows (mainly the simpsons) about how they're either running too long and need to be cancelled because he think's they're running too long, makes insipid lists masquerading as posts about short-lived shows, or posts just really, really weird things.

In other words...just try to ignore him :-)

July 07 2010 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

lol good to know, thanks!

July 07 2010 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

By 2013, I'll bet TBS regains the reruns of Fox's
other spin-off, Futurama, too. There's always stuff
going on at The Springfield Factory everyplace you
click your TV remote to watch a more decent cartoon.

July 07 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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