'Fringe' Sold Into Off Net Syndication On Science

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May 23rd, 2012

Fringe has been sold into non-exclusive off-network syndication on Science, a cable network owned by Discovery Communications. Being non-exclusive means Fringe may also be sold elsewhere, and the chatter is circling the usual suspects of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Those who doubted whether Warner Brothers slashing their license fee to get another 13 episode fifth season would pay off may wish to rethink that reasoning. Or double down with it and go extra crazy in our comments.

Fire away.

 
  • David F.

    I keenly remember certain posters saying Fringe would never be syndicated because no network would buy a show with such awful ratings.

    I’m glad to see the haters proven wrong once again.

  • Kyle Tanner

    This HAS to be their last seaosn now that they sold it off in syndication.

  • Kyle Tanner

    *season

  • ab

    Great original reporting. Don’t bother attributing to variety newspaper

  • DW

    the science channel is becoming a better syfy channel.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Great original reporting. Don’t bother attributing to variety newspaper”

    If they were the only ones with the news, I’d happily have done so. It’s everywhere.

  • Magnitude

    Science ?

    WTH is that ? It reminds me of the faux courses from COMMUNITY such as

    Advanced Breath Holding
    Can I Fry it ?
    Baby Talk

    and my personal fav ” Ladders ” lol

    Seriously though , good for WB . Let’s hope they see some return on their investment .

  • sebastion

    they might as well buy Sliders and Earth Above and Beyond reruns next and be the cast off Fox Sci-Fi channel

  • Fake Me Out

    Science, a cable network owned by Discovery Communications” also known as the promised land for syndication deals! They’re raking in the big bucks now! Woot!

    YMMV

    Help save Endgame and watch season 1 on Hulu, also watch Craig Ferguson not in Scotland but still funny as hell and soon to be syndicated on Science

  • Lisa

    I didn’t even know there was a channel called Science.

  • fringegot5seasons

    Yea Fringe!!!!

    Haters to the left, it’s earning its keep.

  • Erica

    Yes; naming your source/s would be helpful.

  • Christian

    Uh hello? Last year IFC and TeenNick bought the rights to syndicate Freaks and Geeks and that show only had 18 episodes. Of course Fringe would get a syndication deal! People need to realize there’s like a 100 cable channels and they need to fill their schedules. You agree with me, Bill?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Uh hello? Last year IFC and TeenNick bought the rights to syndicate Freaks and Geeks and that show only had 18 episodes. Of course Fringe would get a syndication deal! People need to realize there’s like a 100 cable channels and they need to fill their schedules. You agree with me, Bill?”

    I never doubted that Fringe would be sold into syndication, particularly after it was renewed *last* season, but plenty of our commenters did.

    As for how lucrative a deal WB got, we’ll never know, but I’m certain plenty of our commenters will express their opinions about it regardless.

  • Fake Me Out

    @ab “Great original reporting. Don’t bother attributing to variety newspaper

    You should have seen Bill breaking Watergate on ARPANet … were Woodward
    and Bernstein ever PO’d they got no mention. Also of note was Bill’s predication M*A*S*H would be the first show canceled that year and that HBO would never catch on.

  • iknowgoodshows

    any guesses on how much per episode?

    since this is digital cable i’m guessing 50k per episode?

    is chuck holding out for 100k plus?

  • iknowgoodshows

    if this is future of syndication?
    shouldn’t they sell syndication online after the 1st season?
    isn’t that partly the reason cable shows grow every season…because they are available elsewhere…to catch up

  • skyroom80

    If syndication rights were the reason we get a short season 5 of Fringe? It’s all good.

  • Bitey

    IIRC, The Science Channel’s highest rated show ever was about pumpkin shooting and had about 600k viewers. Meaning most of its shows get less.

    Fringe’s syndication package therefore had to be pretty cheap and I doubt it would cover the cost of the 4th and 5th seasons. Perhaps worldwide syndication is a more lucrative market than tiny cable outlets.

  • The Real Original Ray

    Apparently Numb3rs is on the Math Channel now. Also Three’s Company.

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