Syndie sale will help boost original 'Rogue'
DirecTV has licensed the entire run of Fox series “24″ from 20th Century Fox for its Audience Network, the satcaster announced Monday.All 192 episodes will begin unspooling weekdays at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7. Audience Network is exclusive to subscribers of DirecTV, programming a mix of original and licensed content. “24″ will likely be used as a promotional platform for the network’s first original drama series, “Rogue,” which will premiere next year. While a hit series during its broadcast run, “24″ was not much of a player in the syndication market due to its highly serialized storylines. The show has had some traction on local stations, with Viacom-owned stations licensing episodes as early as 2004. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, “24″ ran for nine seasons on Fox beginning in 2001. A production of 20th and Imagine Television, “24″ was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran.
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