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‘King of Hill,’ ‘Spin’ sizzle in syndie sales

But 'Pictionary' out after one season

Fox’s “King of the Hill” and Paramount/DreamWorks’ “Spin City” are racking up syndie sales, but Worldvision’s “Pictionary” has drawn its last breath.

Worldvision confirmed Wednesday that the gameshow, hosted by Alan Thicke, would not be returning for a second season in the fall. The firstrun syndie show based on the popular board game struggled with low ratings all season and barely cracked 2 million TV household mark in the national Nielsen rankings.

On the off-network sales front, Par and Fox’s Twentieth TV respectively reported that they’ve passed the 50% national clearance mark with sitcoms “Spin City” and “King of the Hill.” The two comedies are viewed by many station buyers as the cream of an otherwise lackluster crop of comedies poised to hit the off-net marketplace over the next year.

“Spin City” has been cleared in all top 10 markets for a fall 2000 bow in reruns. Buyers include Cox Broadcasting’s KTVU San Francisco and a number of Paramount-owned UPN stations, including WPSG Philadelphia, WSBK Boston, WDCA D.C., KXTA Dallas and WKBD Detroit. Par is handling off-net distribution of the DreamWorks-produced ABC comedy.

“King of the Hill,” bowing in fall 2001, has sparked spirited bidding among stations in a number of markets. Twentieth has recently inked deals with KTXL Sacramento, WBFF Baltimore and WXIX Cincinnati.

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