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‘Judge Lopez’ Cleared in 45 Top Markets for ’06

Nov 28, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Sony Pictures Television has sold its syndicated court strip “Judge Maria Lopez” in 45 of the top 50 markets, and it is now cleared in 90 percent of the country.

The series, which is being sold as straight barter and is expected to be scheduled within existing court blocks, has been cleared to stations in a variety of station groups, including Tribune, Viacom, Sinclair, Raycom, Clear Channel, Acme, Scripps Howard, Capitol, Belo, Weigel and the WB 100+ Station Group.

New clearances include Tribune stations in Los Angeles, Washington, Seattle, Sacramento, Calif., Indianapolis, San Diego and New Orleans.

“Lopez” was previously cleared in about 14 markets, including New York (WPIX-TV), Chicago (WCIU-TV) and Philadelphia (KYW-TV and WPSG-TV).

“Lopez” has also been cleared on Belo’s duopoly in Phoenix and on Sinclair stations WBFF-TV and WNUV-TV in Baltimore, KMWB-TV in Minneapolis and KFBT-TV and KVWB-TV in Las Vegas. Raycom stations carrying “Lopez” include WOIO-TV and WUAB-TV in Cleveland and WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, while Capitol will carry the court strip on WJZY-TV and WWWB-TV in Charlotte, N.C., and WRAZ-TV in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Sony has cleared its off-cable weekly hour “The Shield” in 100 percent of the country for weekend runs starting in the fall.

In other syndication news, King World’s talk strip slated for fall 2006 featuring Food Network personality Rachael Ray’s talk show has been cleared on six ABC owned-and-operated stations, including WABC-TV in New York and WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, sources said. The CBS owned-and-operated stations in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston also are said to have cleared the strip. King World declined comment on the clearances.