'Don't Forget the Lyrics' sold in syndication

Twentieth clears show on several top-market Fox TV stations

A syndicated version of Fox's "Don't Forget the Lyrics" has sold to Fox Television stations, Twentieth Television said Monday at NATPE.

The syndie version of the Fox program hosted by Mark McGrath has been sold to stations in the top 10 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Washington.

"Lyrics" is set to premiere in the fall. The program from RDF USA and Apploff Entertainment also will be presented on VH1 and in primetime on MyNetworkTV, where it will be paired with the returning syndie version of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

"The concurrent broadcast and cable runs of 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?' ushered in a groundbreaking syndication model for the business that we are thrilled to duplicate with a second hit Fox game show," Twentieth Television president Greg Meidel said.

This is also the first major deal under RDF USA's new CEO Grant Mansfield.

"Although the syndicated version will be shorter, it will be just as exciting as the original -- a bright shiny floor look, celebrity guests and a big cash prize," said Tony Yates, COO of RDF USA.

The syndie version is executive produced by Yates, Mansfield, Jeff Apploff and Chris Coelen.