Bravo Gets West Wing Through 2009

NEW YORK-In a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, the Bravo network has acquired exclusive cable television rights to “The West Wing,” the Emmy-winning White House drama currently airing on NBC.

The one-hour series, the cast of which includes Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney and Bradley Whitford, will begin airing on Bravo in 4th-quarter 2003 and includes all episodes produced through 2009.

Ed Carroll, Bravo’s evp, general manager, said in a statement, “It’s hard to imagine any current television series that would be a better fit for Bravo. ‘The West Wing’ is smart, upscale, and a perfect match for us from a demographic and psychographic standpoint.”

In 4th-quarter 2002, under its new Art of Television programming, Bravo will also kick off the basic cable premiere of “The Larry Sanders Show,” the long-running HBO comedy series starring Garry Shandling.

Bravo is part of NBC’s and Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, whose cable stations also include the Independent Film Channel, American Movie Classics, USA and WE: Women’s Entertainment.