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ABC Family lands ‘Line’

Unaired segs to bow Jan. 17

ABC Family has licensed 25 original unaired episodes of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution.

Deal extends the cabler’s exclusive multiyear agreement with Warner for the off-net rights to the improv comedy.

“Whose Line” has been a solid anchor for ABC Family’s primetime since it debuted in January 2002. Net currently strips episodes back to back weeknights at 10 p.m.

Cabler will begin bowing the unaired segs Jan. 17.

“Whose Line” is a “continual strong performer with a loyal audience for ABC Family,” said senior VP of program acquisitions and scheduling Tom Zappala. “These never-before-seen episodes will be exciting for our viewers and give us a great opportunity to showcase them.”

Skein averaged a robust 1.4 million viewers in December, helping ABC Family finish 2004 with its highest-ever tally in the net’s target 18-34 demo. Vaulted by its “25 Days of Christmas” primetime marathon, net ranked fifth among all basic cablers in the 18-49 category.

“It’s not that often that we are able to offer our off-net clients original series,” said Warner cable distribution prexy Eric Frankel.

Dan Patterson, Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Denise O’Donoghue and Jimmy Mulville are exec producers. “Whose Line” is produced by Riverside Prods. in association with Hat Trick Prods.