In a pipeline of syndicatable broadcast comedy series that has dried up in the past few years, Chuck Lorre’s Mom is the biggest title available. The series, from Warner Bros., has sold off-network rights to Tribune Broadcasting in a cash-plus-barter deal.
The series will debut in fall 2017 on Tribune stations in 16 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston. Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution also has sold the comedy to stations from other stations groups including CBS, Hearst, Media General, Raycom and TEGNA, clearing Mom in 71% of the country, including in 27 of the top 30 markets.
“Mom has all of the elements required for off-net comedy success,” said WBDTD president Ken Werner. “There has been a Chuck Lorre multi-camera comedy atop the off-net syndication ratings for an astounding 457 weeks in a row dating back to 2007. We believe Mom will join the ranks of successful syndication comedies for the master of great sitcoms, Chuck Lorre.”
Lorre also is behind two of the biggest comedy hits in broadcast and cable syndication in the past two decades: The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men. WBDTD will now focus on finding a cable off-network home for Mom, which will launch simultaneously in broadcast and cable syndication.
Anna Faris and Emmy-winner Allison Janney star in Mom, created by Lorre, Gemma Baker and Eddie Gorodetsky. Lorre, Gorodetsky and Nick Bakay serve as executive producers for the series, which is from Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Baker is co-executive producer.