Off-network bids for Warner Bros.’ Big Bang Theory were due at 9 AM PT this morning. TBS, FX, USA have all submitted their offers along with Viacom, with smaller players also in the mix. The price is expected to hover around $1 million an episode, which was the record price tag for a sitcom cable sale fetched by Seinfeld in its first deal with TBS. Most observers expect the final fee to go north of $1 million, setting a new record. While all players are expected to be aggressive — FX already has Big Bang‘s companion Two And a Half Men, USA is looking to get into the half-hour comedy business — “it will be a shocker if TBS doesn’t land the show,” an insider said. Besides being in the Time Warner family, TBS has a great need for Big Bang, which it is hoping to use as a strong lead-in for the new Conan O’Brien talk show. For now, it appears that cable nets will share the show with broadcast stations. But it is theoretically possible that a cabler ponies up $2 million an episode for exclusive rights.
Syndication Bids In For 'Big Bang Theory'
What's Hot on Deadline
'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Still Gunning For $40M+; 'Ninjago' Dulls Blades To $22M+; 'Friend Request' A Loner With $1.7M
Divorce Comedy With Royal Family Twist From Meghan Markle's Ex-Husband Trevor Engelson Set At Fox With Big Commitment
Latest TV News
- ‘Overtime’ Revelation: Barney Frank Tells Bill Maher His Cousin Was A Stooge
- ‘Real Time’: Bob Costas Proposes Solution To NFL’s Anthem Problem
- CAA Head Of TV Literary Ryan Ly Exits
- Disney And Altice Trade Jabs As Carriage Contract Deadline Looms
- ‘The Exorcist’ Reveals Biting New Photos + Key Art Ahead Of Season 2 Premiere
- Two Comedy Projects From Mike Schur, Including Jeffrey Seller-Produced Musical, Set At NBC With Big Commitments