The three off-net series will join the network’s lineup of procedural dramas and movies beginning next year.
Ion Television announced today that it has acquired the rights to Psych and Monk from Universal Cable Productions and House from Universal Media Studios.
As part of the content package, Ion attains the right to air six and future seasons of the detective series Psych, marking the first time the series has been syndicated on a broadcast network. Meanwhile, the Emmy-winning Monk comes to Ion with all eight complete seasons. Additionally, Ion obtains rights to the Emmy-winning medical drama House starting in fall 2012 airing two times per week for one year.
“We’re very pleased to be in business with NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution by having award-winning, high-quality series from Universal Media Studios, Universal Cable Productions and USA, which is one of cable’s most successful networks,” says Brandon Burgess, CEO, Ion Media Networks. “These series fit particularly nicely with our network’s ‘Positively Entertaining’ positioning based on procedural dramas and movies.
The three series join Ion Television’s primetime schedule along with the off-net series Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and Ion’s first original police drama, Flashpoint.