FX nabs rights to "How I Met Your Mother" reruns
By Marisa Guthrie and Lesley Goldberg
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A month after being picked up for two additional seasons on CBS, "How I Met Your Mother" has found a new off-network home: FX.
Sources said reruns of the hit comedy will likely debut on the cable network in the fall. FX and distributor Twentieth TV, both owned by News Corp, declined comment.
The deal represents the second syndication cycle for "Mother." Women's cable channel Lifetime nabbed rerun rights in 2008 for about $725,000 an episode. The cable network started airing the show in September as part of its four-year deal.
FX currently airs repeats of "Two and a Half Men," which have done well for the cable channel. The network will likely pair "Mother" with "Men" as it looks to build its comedy arsenal. FX chief John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter last month that it had no plans to scale back airdates of the Charlie Sheen comedy in the wake of the actor's recent issues.
FX recently ordered a third season of animated comedy "Archer," upping that show's order to 16 episodes. And executives are looking to add a sixth comedy, with "Townies" likely to get that nod.
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