The deal marks the first off-net crime drama available to TV stations on a weekday basis in more than a decade. It debuts next fall.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold Dick Wolf’s drama series Law & Order: Criminal Intent to the Fox owned-and-operated stations in the nation’s top markets for Monday-through-Friday airings in syndication starting in fall 2007.
The show has been sold to the Fox O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and “other major markets,” NBCUDTD said.
“This marks the first time in more than a decade that local broadcast stations will be able to offer their viewers and advertisers a top-tier off-network crime drama on a Monday-through-Friday basis,” says Sean O’Boyle, senior vice president/general sales nanager, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent is a proven network hit and a procedural drama that continues the great tradition of the Law & Order brand,” O’Boyle added.
Frank Cicha, senior vice president, 0programming, Fox Television Stations, said: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent is a quality show with a built-in audience that is attractive to advertisers. The fact that it was available to us under an appealing deal structure made it that much more compelling.”