Warner Bros. Clears ‘Men’ on Tribune Stations

Jun 22, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution announced Thursday it has licensed the off-network syndication rights to its comedy “Two and a Half Men” to all Tribune Broadcasting stations for a fall 2007 launch.

The cash plus barter deal includes a double week day run for the first three years, and a weekend hour of the show. A cable component kicks in fall 2010.

In addition to the off-network broadcast rights, the Tribune stations will have the right to stream five episodes of the series each week on their Web sites free for viewers.

Tribune currently owns 24 stations in 20 markets. The company recently sold its stations in Atlanta and Albany, N.Y.

Despite the sale, “Men” is cleared on the former Tribune station in Albany, N.Y.

The “Men” sale comes as the stream of available off-network comedies has become little more than a trickle. The only other major ratings performer available for 2007 is Twentieth Television’s “Family Guy.” Currently, no off-network comedies are expected to be available for fall 2008.

“Men” is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions and The Tannenbaum Co. in association with Warner Bros. Television.