"Office" gearing up for fall syndication launch

Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:05am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - TV audiences will soon be putting in some overtime at "The Office."

NBC's flagship comedy is gearing up for a fall launch in syndication, with local broadcast stations representing more than 93% of the U.S. market scooping up rerun rights.

Fox stations will carry "Office" in the top markets of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Orlando, Baltimore and Memphis, Tenn. CBS-owned stations will air the show in Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Miami and Pittsburgh.

The clearances, coupled with a cable syndication sale to TBS two years ago, bring the off-network haul for "Office's" initial syndication run to about $3 million an episode, in line with distributor NBC Universal's original projections. Despite the economic downturn, that is also in line with the syndication revenue fetched by CBS' recent offering "How I Met Your Mother."

(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)

<p>Cast member Steve Carell speaks as co-star Angela Kinsey watches during an "Inside The Office" panel discussion at the Leonard H. Goldenson theatre in North Hollywood, California March 18, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>