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TBS to air ‘2 Broke Girls’ reruns, will pay record amount for each episode

By Daniel S Levine,

Even though 2 Broke Girls only just finished its first season, TBS has already acquired to the rights to broadcast repeats. The cable network, which has been building its comedy line-up over the past couple of years, reportedly paid a record $1.5 million per episode. The show will begin airing on the network in 2015.

"When 2 Broke Girls premiered last fall, it immediately found its audience and appeared to us to be a perfect fit for TBS," Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), told the media in a statement. "With its funny and endearing lead performances, a terrific supporting cast and sharp writing, 2 Broke Girls brings a fresh, contemporary, attitude to the classic sitcom format. We believe 2 Broke Girls is poised to enjoy a long, successful run, and we look forward to adding it to the TBS line-up."

Sources for Broadcasting & Cable said that TBS paid a record $1.5 million for each episode, which breaks the previous mark set by The Big Bang Theory, which is also produced by Warner Bros. Television, which TBS spend just under $1.5 million for. USA also reportedly paid just under $1.5 million per episode for 20th Century Fox’s Modern Family.

"Successful cable networks have built their programming slates with a strategic mix of acquired proven off-net series along with compelling original programming," said Ken Werner, president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, adding that they hope that 2 Broke Girls will do the same that Big Bang did. Big Bang repeats have nearly single-handedly helped TBS become among the top-rated cable networks.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that CBS Television Stations have also picked up the show to air repeats in several top markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Boston and Dallas. Weigel stations will air it in Chicago, Milwaukee and in other markets.

Entertainment Weekly reports that it is expected that TBS will also secure a deal to air repeats of Mike & Molly, another CBS show.

2 Broke Girls drew strong ratings throughout its freshman season and earned a second season, moving to CBS’ lucrative Monday 9pm slot. The show stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.

 
 

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