The Carsey -Werner Co. has turned down an offer from Chris-Craft estimated to be $100,000 per week combined for “Grace Under Fire” in New York and Los Angeles. The syndicator is now believed to be in negotiations with Fox’s Gotham station WNYW. C-W had been seeking $75,000 per week in each of the two top markets for the fall 1997 off-net cash-plus barter sitcom starring Brett Butler.
Meanwhile, sources said Paramount intends to enter the market this week with “Frasier.” The syndicator has scheduled pitch meetings with top station groups and will open bidding in the big-three markets for the fall ’97 show on Sept. 18.
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Columbia TriStar TV Distribution is expected to follow “Frasier” into the market with “Mad About You.” The syndicator will likely offer stations the option to air “Mad” in either fall ’96 or ’97, with stations required to carry barter spots in Year One. CTTD declined comment.
As the three sitcoms start slugging it out for shelf space, questions persist about where “Grace” will go in L.A. and Chicago if C-W can conclude a deal with WNYW.
With concerns about the female show’s lack of a strong male or kids audience, and a provision that would require stations to carry it in the first cycle for the unusually long term of 234 weeks, many stations steered clear of it in initial bidding in the top-three markets. But now some sources say Fox-owned KTTV may be a candidate in L.A.