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Syndie Sales of ‘Criminal Intent’ Nearly Complete

Nov 9, 2006  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution is close to wrapping up sales of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” for a broadcast syndication run starting in fall 2007.

The distributor said this week that it has added stations from Sinclair, Hearst and Belo to the lineup of outlets that will carry the series on a Monday-through-Friday basis. Fox-owned and -operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other markets already have agreed to carry the Dick Wolf series as a syndicated strip next year (TelevisionWeek, Oct. 30).

It is unusual for an hour-long show to air Monday through Friday on broadcast stations in syndication. The syndication runs of dramas in recent years primarily have been sold to cable networks, which strip them. “Criminal Intent” is the first crime procedural in 14 years to be stripped in broadcast syndication, according to NBC Universal. The series currently runs on USA Network in syndication.

“Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” which is in its sixth season on NBC, is a Wolf Films production in association with NBC Universal Television Studio. It is Mr. Wolf’s third installment of the “Law & Order” brand.