Tribune acquires ‘Curb,’ ‘Entourage’

Episodes to begin airing in fall 2010

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Entourage” will soon be available on broadcast TV.

HBO, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, has sold the off-net syndie rights to two of its most popular laffers to Tribune stations, with telecasts to begin in fall 2010.

Episodes will air anywhere from 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, with one weekend broadcast, on Tribune’s 23 stations in 17 markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Both series will run in strip form.

Because of the language and content of the shows, both series will be edited to accommodate broadcast standards.

All seven seasons of “Curb” and six seasons of “Entourage” will be aired under the terms of the three-year deal.

“During a time in the business where the pipeline of future off-net comedies has diminished, this is an opportunity for Tribune to offer two critically acclaimed programs with the benefit of being firstrun to most viewers,” said Sean Compton, senior VP of programming and entertainment at Tribune.

Earlier this week, basic cabler Spike TV also acquired off-net rights to “Entourage.”

Tribune has worked with HBO before, as it began airing “Sex and the City” in 2005.

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