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Court TV gavels in ‘Profiler,’ ‘Forensic’

Both series to premiere in mid-September

Court TV has bought the basic-cable rerun rights to the hard-edged crime series “Profiler” and has commissioned a reality series called “Forensic Files.”

A bidding war among Lifetime, A&E and Court drove up the price of “Profiler” to a strapping $200,000 an episode for a four-year license term, beginning in mid-September 2000. Art Bell, executive VP of programming and marketing for Court TV, declined to comment on the terms of the deal but said Court would schedule “Profiler” every weeknight at 8.

“Profiler,” the NBC-owned drama about a female forensic psychologist who has ESP-like powers of visualizing terrible crimes, represents the second biggest off-network purchase in the nine-year history of Court TV, behind another NBC-owned series “Homicide.”

Steady off-net ratings

Canceled earlier this year by NBC, “Profiler” wound up with a solid four-year run on the network. The series has one more year to run on a two-year off-network syndication deal put together by Carsey-Werner TV Distribution, which acted as sales agent for NBC. TV stations throughout the country play “Profiler” twice each weekend, where the series has chalked up decent if not spectacular Nielsens, usually hovering between a 2 and a 3 rating.

The half-hour “Forensic Files” series will profile “intriguing crimes, accidents and outbreaks of disease from around the world,” focusing on medical investigations as they relate to criminal trials. Like “Profiler,” it will premiere in mid-September.

Court TV also said it will add 2.5-million new subscribers over the next 30 days, which will push the network above the 45-million mark.

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