Futurama Heads to Weekend Off-Net Syndication

Sci-fi animated comedy Futurama, which debuted on Fox and now airs in originals on Comedy Central, has been sold into broadcast weekend syndication to the Tribune stations for a fall 2011 premiere. Cleared to date in 30 percent of the country, stations signing up for Futurama include New York/WPIX, Los Angeles/KTLA, Chicago/WCIU, Philadelphia/WPHL, Washington, D.C./WDCW, Dallas/KDAF, Houston/KIAH, Seattle/KCPQ and KMYQ, Miami/WSFL, Portland/KRCW, Indianapolis/WXIN and WTTV, Hartford/WTIC and WCCT, and New Orleans/WNOL.

“With renewed interest in the animated series, thanks to its successful return on Comedy Central, we felt this was the right time to offer broadcast stations this hilarious program,” said Paul Franklin, evp and general sales manager, Twentieth Television. “Weekend syndication has quickly become a viewer destination to catch the hottest animated properties and we are thrilled that the Tribune broadcast stations will add ‘Futurama’ to its lineup next fall.”

Added Sean Compton, president of programming, Tribune Broadcasting: “The addition of Futurama perfectly complements our weekend animated block which includes American Dad, Family Guy and in some markets, The Simpsons. In anticipation of this fall 2011 launch, Tribune plans an aggressive promotion of these animated hits.”

The season six premiere of Futurama on Comedy Central delivered 2.9 million total viewers, becoming the second most-watched season-premiere for an animated series on cable (behind South Park).