The syndicator is targeting a fall 2012 launch for the new talkshow.
Sources said the cable network has inked a deal with Twentieth TV for rights to the hit comedy, which will likely bow in September. The six-year deal for the sitcom, now in its sixth season, is believed to encompass all six seasons as well as Seasons 7 and 8.
Twentieth Television clears 90% of country for the animated series’ weekend debut.
Twentieth Television says station groups on board for the ABC sitcom hit’s fall 2013 debut in syndication include Barrington, Raycom, Titan, Local TV, Meredith and Gray in addition to Fox, Tribune, Cox, Hearst, CBS, Sinclair and Newport.
Twentieth Television has signed the network’s O&Os for the hit show when it makes its weekend broadcast syndication debut in fall 2013.
Twentieth Television’s sitcom has been sold in 33 markets in advance of its broadcast syndication debut in fall 2013.