In an unexpected deal, NBC Universal has put together a $100+ million package for the rerun rights to NBC’s two hit comedies: The Office and My Name Is Earl. TBS will get the cable rights, while 10 Fox O&O (owned and operated) stations will get the network rights in a shared-window deal.
The deal for The Office will begin this fall, when TBS will start airing repeats (from the show’s first three seasons) of the show twice a week during primetime. The deal goes into full effect during the fall of 2009, when the show will begin its Monday-Friday airings on both TBS and the Fox stations.
My Name Is Earl will begin airing in the fall of 2009 in a similar off-net strip (Mon-Fri).
The “Office” repeats to air on TBS this fall will come from the show’s first three seasons, not current ones from the 2007-08 season, the show’s fourth on NBC. TBS’ deal for “Earl” does not include an early repeat window before its fall-2009 debut as an off-net strip.
The entire deal is worth $130 million.