12:44pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Rules of Engagement': Sony Comedy Sold in Off-Network Syndication
Sony Pictures Television has sold the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement to local broadcast stations in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago in an off-network syndication deal.
Rules was sold to WPIX-TV New York (Tribune), KCAL9 Los Angeles (CBS) and WCIU-TV Chicago (Weigel), with station groups including Belo and Meredity also buying the series.
“The show’s compatibility with The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, combined with its strong, consistent performance on CBS among male viewers has been a major enticement to local stations” said SPT president of U.S. distribution John Weiser, who made the announcement Friday. “It’s a win, win for buyers because the show repeats better than any comedy on television.”
Financial terms of the deal were not available.
Rules stars Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich, Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, David Spade and Adhir Kalyan in a comedy about different phases of relationships.
Tom Hertz, Doug Robinson and Jack Giarraputo serve as executive producers on Rules, which is produced by Happy Madison Productions and CBS Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.