Warner Bros.’ hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men” has been renewed for an additional seven years by two station groups, B&C reported.
The Charlie Sheen show now has clearance in almost half of the U.S. market through September 2021 with the renewals from Tribune and Sinclair, the story says.
Both station groups renewed the show in all of their markets–19 Tribune stations, including New York, L.A. and Chicago, and 21 Sinclair stations, including Pittsburgh and Nashville.
Sean Compton, president of programming for Tribune, issued a statement saying: "When ‘Two and a Half Men’ went on the air over three years ago, it was an immediate game-changer that significantly elevated the performance of our stations, and we have never looked back. This is one of those rare shows–like ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’–that will continue to deliver for decades."
“Men” went to its second cycle earlier than anticipated, prompted by an offer from Compton. Sources indicated Warner Bros. received fees that were substantially above the industry standard, along with a term two years beyond the usual five years.
The strong deal for “Men” follows big sales for Twentieth’s “Modern Family” and Warner Bros.’ “Big Bang Theory,” the story notes, a trend that spotlights the long-term value of sitcoms to television stations.