Cabler acquires syndie rights to ABC reality hit
GSN has acquired exclusive off-net rights to ABC reality hit “Dancing With the Stars.”Cabler, formerly known as Game Show Network, will air seasons four through 14 beginning in January. The Alphabet wrapped the 13th season of the show Tuesday night, and the next edition is set to bow in mid-March. Season four, which will likely air once a week, includes contestants Paulina Porizkova, Clyde Drexler and eventual winner Apolo Anton Ohno, who was teamed with professional dancer Julianne Hough. Reality competition shows rarely have lucrative syndie runs, considering there is little drama in skeins where audiences already know who wins a particular season. However, they often serve the purpose of bringing new viewers to a net who are unfamiliar with the show and those who tune in to the artistry of “Dancing” could also help elevate ratings. GSN programming topper Amy Introcaso-Davis told Variety that the pickup was “perfect for us in that we’re concentrating on game and competition shows. It just felt the right kind of show.” While price of the acquisition wasn’t revealed, insiders put it at the low six-figure range per episode. In April, reality competition skein “Wipeout” was bought by TruTV in the mid six-figure range. Conrad Green serves as exec producer for “Dancing With the Stars,” which is a U.S. version of the Brit series “Strictly Come Dancing,” produced by BBC Worldwide Prods.
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