ABC Family snaps up cable rights

Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution has sold off-net rights to ABC sitcom “The Middle” to ABC Family and a broad range of TV station groups, the studio announced Tuesday.

“Middle,” which stars Patricia Heaton, will premiere in both broadcast and cable in the fall of 2013. Series is currently in its third season on ABC, where it anchors the Alphabet’s powerhouse Wednesday lineup.

“We are in a new golden age for sitcoms both on the broadcast networks and syndication,” said WBDTD president Ken Werner. “Our station partners recognized in ‘The Middle’ a compelling player that would energize their sitcom blocks in 2013 and beyond.”

Stations that bought “Middle” comprise 92% of the U.S. TV audience including Tribune, Sinclair, CBS, Newport, Belo, Cox, Local TV, Pappas, and Weigel.

Executive producers of “Middle,” which is from Blackie and Blondie Prods. in association with WBTV, are Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline.

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