7:47am PT by Georg Szalai
'House,' 'Monk,' 'Psych' Acquired by Ion Television
NEW YORK - Ion Television is adding Psych, Monk and House to its schedule, unveiling on Wednesday the acquisition of the three shows from an arm of NBCUniversal.
The general entertainment network bought the right to air the six previous seasons and future seasons of detective series Psych, marking the first time the show has been syndicated on a broadcast network.
The deal also includes all eight seasons of Monk and medical drama House. Starting in fall 2012, the latter will air twice per week for one year.
The shows join other off-network series on Ion’s primetime schedule, such as Without a Trace, Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer, as well as Ion’s first original police drama Flashpoint.
“These series fit particularly nicely with our network’s ‘Positively Entertaining’ positioning based on procedural dramas and movies,”
said Brandon Burgess, CEO of Ion Media Networks.
“We applaud Ion Television for recognizing the value in these three award-winning series and we are happy to continue our great relationship with the network,” said Frances Manfredi, executive vp and general sales manager, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution.