Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit shift days in primetime lineup.
As the $71.3 billion Disney-Fox deal nears the finish line, there is a steady earner that often gets overlooked among the assets that will remain behind as part of Fox Corp.: MyNetworkTV. Its fortunes have risen due to shifts in the syndication market and an increasing focus on live programming by the soon-to-be-slimmer Fox.
Fox Television Stations renews the programming service for two more years. It now is cleared in 181 markets representing over 97% of the country; providing its stations 10 hours of programming Monday through Friday.
The three new entries join the returning Law & Order: SVU and Bones in primetime in September.
In addition to weeknight appearances on the programming service, the classic Fox show has also been cleared for weekend syndication on the Fox Television Stations.
The move renews the programming service for its 11th and 12th seasons.
MyNetworkTV has added Kyra Sedgwick-starrer The Closer to its Wednesday night primetime lineup and shifted AMC’s The Walking Dead to Tuesday nights for its second season on the programming service.
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, MNT will begin airing the first four seasons — 67 episodes — of The Walking Dead, the AMC mega-hit. MNT has the exclusive broadcast off-net rights to the drama for at least one season. MNT will also add Warner Bros.’ The Mentalist to its lineup on Oct. 2. It will be the CBS drama’s first airing in broadcast syndication.
Two episodes of The Mentalist will air on Thursdays, joining The Walking Dead as new additions to the program services’ 2014-15 lineup. Not returning this fall are House and Monk.
AMC’s The Walking Dead will be part of the MyNetworkTV programming slate starting this fall. MNT plans to air two episodes from past seasons of the popular show one night per week.
The programming service’s 2013-14 schedule launches on Sept. 30 and includes the addition of Bones and the return of Law & Order: CI.
Bones and Law & Order: CI to join the primetime lineup while Law & Order: SVU, House and Monk return.
Law & Order: SVU and Cold Case join the primetime lineup, while hit cable series Burn Notice returns along with Without a Trace and Monk.
After a shaky start and three format changes, MyNetwork TV can finally relax: Station groups, including the 10 Fox O&Os, have renewed the programming service for three more years.