Garrett Wollman wollman@bimajority.org
Mon May 13 18:44:51 EDT 2013

<<On Mon, 13 May 2013 15:59:58 -0400, "Chris Hall" <chris2526@comcast.net> said:

> from the NBC vaults, where are the top of the heap shows from
> NBC’s 80’s line up like LA Law and St Elsewhere that appear on
> no other venue, these shows would bring far more audience interest
> than the Bionic Woman and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans which could be
> run in off hours.

Well, there are two issues here: who owns those shows, and do they
have sufficient residuals in major markets to allow a national network
to broadcast them cost-effectively.  It appears that Fox owns both of
the series you mentioned (LA Law from having originally produced it,
and St. Elsewhere from its acquisition of MTM Enterprises), so
presumably they are available to anyone who wants to pay Fox's license
fees, subject to the residual issue.  I recall when we got a tour of
Weigel's operation in Chicago some years back, the people there stated
that the biggest issue they had to deal with in terms of program
selection for their national networks was that there were some shows
that had already run out their syndication residuals in one or more
major markets, so they could not be run nationally without blackouts.


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