Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury & Citylife Productions’ freshman series with Judge Frank Caprio is cleared in nearly 90% of the U.S., including the Fox Television Stations, for a second season.
The just-concluded NATPE conference underscored for me the central problem of the broadcast syndication business: the big studios’ apparent unwillingness to spend big dollars for big shows, ones that could take their place as evening news lead-ins or in prime access. While this was the second year a row that NATPE came and went without any “big stage” show emerging, that doesn’t mean none will. “The drought will not continue,” says Hearst’s Emerson Coleman.
Once again, the new first-run offerings are slim as stations are mostly content with what’s working for them. The big question is whether Harry will be back for a third season. While some syndicators have new entries for sale, only one new show has so far found a station launch group (Fox) that virtually assures its debut this fall. That is Debmar-Mercury’s new court show Caught in Providence (AP photo/Michelle R. Smith).
Fox Television Stations acquire Debmar-Mercury and Citylife Productions’ syndicated strip for fall 2018 national syndication launch.