Tim Allen visited Chicago last Thursday to promote the off-network syndication launch of his sitcom, Last Man Standing. The comedy holds the No. 1 slot among all the new first-run and off-network syndicated programming and is already ranked No. 6 among all 19 syndicated comedies. Last Man Standing airs on many Tribune stations, including WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles, WGN Chicago, WPHL Philadelphia and KDAF Dallas. On hand were (l-r): Ken Lawson, 20th Television, Sean Compton, Tribune, Allen and Larry Wert, Tribune.
The CW yesterday unveiled to advertisers its most ambitious schedule yet, featuring 15 original scripted series. But ad buyers who want to book ads on the network for next fall, can currently do so for 2/3 of the country because the CW currently has no affiliate agreement for next season with its stations in 28% of the country that are owned by Tribune, including the top three markets — New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. But negotiations with Tribune are said to be going well and there may be an announcement soon.
Available for the first time in TrueHD, the series is now sold in more than 50% of the country for its third off-net cycle.
The sitcom will run on the 15 Tribune stations in a cash-plus-barter deal and will available for the first time in true HD.