Court TV, TNT Cuff ‘NYPD’ Rights

Court TV and TNT have booked the rerun rights to “NYPD Blue,” which went back on the market this month as part of the settlement of Steven Bochco Prods.’ self-dealing lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Television (HR 4/10).

The complex deal calls for Court TV to run the show in primetime as of the fall, while TNT will carry the reruns in other dayparts. “NYPD” reruns have been running on Fox’s FX cable network since August 1997, but Bochco sued Fox in 1999, claiming that he was cheated out of at least $50 million on the sale to FX because “Blue” distributor 20th cut a sweetheart deal with its sibling cable network. As part of the settlement, FX gave up its rights to the “NYPD” reruns at least one year earlier than expected, though Fox’s Twentieth Television maintained its distribution rights to the long-running ABC drama.

Financial details of the joint Court TV-TNT deal were not disclosed, but Bochco said it was “well north” of the $700,000 per episode that Bochco estimated for the value of the show’s rerun rights in his lawsuit. “Let’s say that it’s far enough north that it has icicles on it,” Bochco told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that he’s “enormously pleased” with the new deal.