Extra is on the move.
The syndicated newsmagazine is moving from its longtime home on NBC owned-and-operated stations to Fox in seven major markets, starting in fall 2019.
The Fox deal with Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution will leave NBC with a void in the hour before its primetime scripted originals. It is unclear what the network will program in that space. (Extra will continue to air in smaller markets in other places like Gray Tegna, Mission and Sinclair.)
“This deal is a win-win for two companies with a strong history together,” Frank Cicha, senior vp programming at Fox Television Stations, said Monday in a statement. “Extra fits right into our day-and-date strategy and the stations will be ready to ensure its continued success. While it’s targeted primarily for big time periods, it can run all over the place and we’ll take advantage of that. And there will be great opportunities to work with our news departments as well.”
Cleared in 93 percent of the country for fall 2019, Extra will join the FTS lineups in markets including New York; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Dallas; San Francisco; Orlando, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The Emmy-winning syndicated series is already airing on Fox owned-and-operated stations in Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C. All told, Extra will now air on 10 Fox owned-stations. FTS comprises 28 stations in 17 markets and covers 37 percent of U.S. TV homes.
Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution produces first-run series including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TMZ, TMZ Live, The Real, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court and more.
“We at Warner Bros. are thrilled to continue to expand our programing partnership with the Fox Stations,” said Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution president Ken Werner. “They are at the forefront of successfully meeting the challenges of the television environment by creating destinations in their local communities for live compelling programming. Extra is the perfect franchise to add to their lineup bringing a unique angle on the events of the day in the entertainment industry.”