WGN carries ‘Carey’ rights

NEW YORK — WGN, the Tribune Broadcasting-owned TV station in Chicago, has bought the rerun rights to Warner Bros. Domestic’s “The Drew Carey Show.”

One source said WGN will pay less than Warners’ asking price of $160,000 an episode, but a station spokesman declined to comment about the price. Warner Bros. said it would have no comment.

The pickup of the Carey show is a strategic move for WGN because the station will be able to pair it with reruns of Warner Bros.’ “Friends,” which will be going into its second year on the station. “Friends” becomes available in off-network syndication in the fall of 1998 and “Drew Carey” in September 1999.

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