Donny & Marie nab another O&O

Columbia TriStar Television Distribution has notched another Fox O&O and another top-10 market clearance for its upcoming syndie talk-variety strip with Donny and Marie Osmond.

Fox-owned WJBK Detroit has joined Fox O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix and Salt Lake City in picking up “The Donny & Marie Show” for daytime next year.

The sale in Detroit, the nation’s ninth-largest TV market, brings the show’s national clearance to date to 15 markets covering 35% of U.S. TV households.

Other top-20 market stations signing on for “Donny & Marie” include NBC affiliates WFLA Tampa and KACE Minneapolis. Col TriStar is targeting a late-summer launch for the singing siblings, who hosted their own ABC primetime variety hour in the late 1970s.

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