TNT acquires ABC drama ‘Castle’

Cable debut set for summer 2012

TNT has acquired rights to the ABC series “Castle,” the cable network announced Wednesday.

Heading into its fourth season, “Castle” will join the TNT sked next summer in primetime. The deal allows TNT to put the series, which stars Nathan Fillion as a novelist/detective, on digital platforms as part of the TV Everywhere intiative.

Disney-ABC Domestic Television is also close to securing a second deal to land “Castle” a berth on local stations for a weekend run, according to sources.

“With the addition of ‘Castle,’ TNT continues to build a collection of hit shows that will perfectly complement our high-profile original series,” said Michael Wright, executive VP, head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM.

Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed, but “Castle” may have gone for something in the neighborhood of $1.3 million-$1.5 million — less than bigger hits TNT has wrangled recently including CBS series “Hawaii Five-0” and “The Mentalist,” each of which fetched north of $2 million per episode.

Another deal with a station group could add additional coin, but probably still not on par with what “Hawaii” earned.

But that still represents a significant deal for ABC, which in recent years has had few procedurals like “Castle” on its schedule. The genre tends to be the most valuable type of hourlong episodes in syndication given its episodes have self-contained storylines.

Disney-ABC Domestic Television made the deal with TNT. Produced by ABC Studios, “Castle” executive producers are Andrew Marlowe, Rob Bowman, David Amann, Laurie Zaks and Armyan Bernstein.

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