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Could Syndication Save Reaper?

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May 14th, 2009

We've been predicting that the CW wouldn't renew Reaper for the network, but if ABC is able to syndicate it to enough local CW stations on the network's now abandoned Sunday nights, it could stay alive, at least in those local markets.

ABC Studios wants to produce original episodes of Reaper, an hour-long dramedy, to syndicate to CW affiliates for Sunday nights, several sources confirmed.

ABC Studios has pitched the idea to stations, who say they're interested in the show if the terms are right. That means all-barter deals and scheduling flexibility, although the show would be intended for 7 or 8 p.m.

A CW spokesperson declined to comment on the talks, the presence of which would indicate the show would not be returning to the network's lineup.

more where that came from at Broadcasting & Cable.

 
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