TNT’s record-breaking The Closer is heading to off-network syndication in fall 2010, with clearances to-date in 85 percent of the country courtesy of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
The Closer has been sold for two years to the Fox Television Stations in 16 markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; and on various affiliates from ACME Television, Barrington Broadcasting Group, Bonten Media Group, CBS Television Stations, Capitol Broadcasting, Cox Television, Four Points Media Group, Freedom Communications, Gannett Broadcasting, Grant Television, Hearst-Argyle Television, Hubbard Broadcasting, LIN TV, Local TV, McKinnon Broadcasting, Post-Newsweek Stations, Tribune, Turner and Weigel Broadcasting.
Warner Bros., in addition, has sold the third cycle of Without a Trace to stations also representing 85 percent of the country for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Clearances include 18 markets in the CBS Television Stations Group, including New York Los Angeles and Chicago; and affiliates from more than two dozen groups.
“More then ever, stations are on the lookout for quality off-network hours to augment and enhance their existing franchises,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “We have been in the market with The Closer and the third cycle of Without a Trace for less then a month. The station reaction has been tremendous. To be cleared so quickly on such quality stations is a testament to the shows and underlying strategy.”