Network locks 'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Jeopardy!' until 2012
CBS TV Distribution has locked up the longest-running, highest-rated gameshows in TV syndication –“Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” — for another two years, giving it the gamers through 2012.TV stations in more than 30% of the country have renewed the two syndie perennials, including ABC O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco and CBS O&Os in Dallas, Boston, Detroit and Miami. CBS TV Distribution doesn’t break out revenues from individual shows, but published estimates put each show’s annual profits at about $70 million. Exec producer of both shows is Harry Friedman for Sony Pictures TV. Domestic distrib is the CBS-owned King World Prods. “Wheel” is now in its 24th season, “Jeopardy!” in its 23rd.