Sinclair group buys Wayans strip

Buena Vista TV has sold its new hourlong, latenight strip “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show” to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, with total clearances on more than 100 stations reaching 75% of the country.

Separately, BVT confirmed that its weekly latenight project with former NBC star John Salley will no longer go forward.

Buena Vista would not reveal its full Wayans clearance list, but the show was sold to nearly all the Sinclair stations. The Fox TV Stations will be the major launch group for the show, which debuts in August.

The Sinclair Group has also bought both Columbia TriStar TV Distribution’s latenight strip “Vibe.”

The group’s programming chief said both shows have a flexible 10 p.m.-to-1 a.m. window, and no final decision on timeslots has been made. Before signing Wayans, BVT had sought to launch Salley as a weekly show on the Fox O&Os in June, with plans to strip the show by January. Salley was placed on the back burner, however, when the Wayans strip was sold to the Fox stations.

Twentieth TV’s latenight project being developed with Earvin (Magic) Johnson also clouded the crowded latenight picture.

Sources said Salley received a settlement from BVT, and he’s meeting with other studios and networks, including NBC, which is considering him for the host of “Later.”

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