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ION Television has acquired the off-net rights to George Lopez, which originally aired from 2002 to 2007. As part of the arrangement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, ION will get the exclusive rights to all five seasons of the family comedy. It will begin airing Sept. 29, with a three-hour block from 1 pm to 4 pm as well as 1 pm to 6 pm on Fridays and again from 10 pm to 3 am on Sundays.
“Adding a high-quality, comedic series such as ‘George Lopez’ to our line-up is another strategic step in expanding ION’s schedule and provides us momentum as we head into the new television season,” said ION Media Networks chief executive Brandon Burgess. “We especially like this show for its crossover potential into daytime, which is an expansion focus for us going forward.”
The move comes on the heels of other acquisitions of such series as Leverage, Psych, Monk and House, establishing ION as a viable after-market platform for cable net productions. Lopez will also join a prime-time lineup that includes Without a Trace, Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer as well as ION’s first original police drama Flashpoint.
Email: Lacey.Rose@THR.com; Twitter: @LaceyVRose
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