Laff Adds Five Carsey-Werner Sitcoms

The Katz Broadcasting diginet boosts its comedy lineup with Roseanne, That ’70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Grounded for Life and Cybill in multi-year licensing agreements.

Laff, the comedy multicast network from Katz Broadcasting, added to its lineup five hit series from Carsey-Werner Productions.

In the multi-year licensing agreements announced today, Laff acquires Roseanne (nine seasons/222 episodes), That ’70s Show (eight/200), 3rd Rock from the Sun (six/139),Grounded for Life (five/91) and Cybill (four seasons/87).

“With comedy-driven cable networks now focused on producing original series for millennials, Laff is positioned to become the new leading comedy destination for adults 18-49,” said Jonathan Katz, president-CEO of Katz Broadcasting. “Laff now boasts an impressive line-up of hit sitcoms with broad consumer appeal including Roseanne, That ‘70s Show, The Drew Carey Show, Spin City, 3rd Rock from the SunGrace Under Fire, Night Court, Ellen, Cybill, Grounded for Life and Empty Nest.

Laff serves adults 18-49 with a mix of contemporary off-network sitcoms and popular movies and is available in 86.5 million households across the country. The LAFF brand crosses multiple platforms, with the linear network carried on the signals of local broadcast stations with corresponding cable carriage and digital content being curated, aggregated and available at and on mobile via the LAFF app, which is available for free in the Apple iTunes Store for iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android devices.

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Kristina Veltri says:

April 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Ever since “The Cosby Show” became licensing poison C-W seems to be in fire sale mode, licensing to almost any network without any regard to whether the show works or not for them. “Roseanne” is now licensed to four cable networks and Laff, along with the terrible HD “remaster” that fell flat in syndication, and “That 70’s Show” is getting to the same point of oversaturation.

megan dickey says:

April 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

What this article fails to mention is that the APP Store offerings are not full programs. Just snippets of funny scenes under the banner of LAFF. You make it seem like LAFF has such great reach when, in fact, the ITunes Store is just bits and pieces of funny scenes, not a live stream of any kind. The “brand” is there but there’s really nothing to it.