Turner Picks Up Syndication Rights to 'The Cleveland Show'


The good fortune continues for 'The Cleveland Show' as Turner has picked up the Fox animated sitcom's syndication rights, according to Variety. Starting in 2013, TBS and Adult Swim will begin airing episodes of the show, as they have done with another Seth MacFarlane production, 'The Family Guy.'


'The Cleveland Show' is a spinoff of 'The Family Guy,' relocating the Cleveland Brown character to Virginia, where he starts a new life.

Last month, with only one full season having aired, Fox renewed 'The Cleveland Show' for a third season. The network had previously renewed it for a second season before the show's debut, which turned out to be a hit with adults 18-34 and teens. Adult Swim also holds the rights to MacFarlane's 'American Dad,' which also runs on Fox.


Variety also points to a trend -- cable networks spending money for the syndication rights to first-year non-cable network shows. Twentieth Television sold the rights to 'Modern Family' to USA and 'Glee' to Oxygen.


A show would usually have to reach about 100 episodes to be considered for syndication, since each episode will be played multiple times. If 'Modern Family,' 'Glee' and 'The Cleveland Show' continue to perform and the syndication bet pays off, it may start more of a trend away from the 100-episode standard.


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