11:18am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Fresh Prince,' 'Martin,' 'Wayans Bros.' Coming to BET
Two years after Teen Nick found ratings success with the return of '90s hits Doug and Clarissa Explains It All, BET is going retro.
The network said Wednesday that it has acquired off-network rights to '90s comedies The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show and The Wayans Bros.
In a licensing deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television, the series will air on BET and Centric, with Viacom corporate sibling Nick at Nite retaining rights to continue airing Full House and Living Single, which will air on MTV2.
"A deal of this magnitude underlines the importance of securing well-known, proven hit programming as a part of the foundation of a successful network schedule," said Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution president Ken Werner said. "These series perform strongly across ethnic and age demos, maintaining their original fan bases while consistently being discovered by new audiences."
Added BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra Lee, "We're thrilled to bring our audience more of the classic hits and award-winning actors they love on both BET and Centric."
The deal was brokered by Barbara Zaneri, BET's exec vp program strategy, program scheduling and acquisitions, and Tom Cerio, exec vp cable sales at Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
Airdates for the series have not been announced.
Teen Nick's '90s revival became a hit with viewers in 2011 when it aired blocks of popular series including Doug, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, All That, Clarissa Explains It All, Double Dare, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Salute Your Shorts.