Fox Television Stations Commit to MyNetwork TV Through 2018

The MyNetwork TV banner will live on the Fox Television Stations for at least another two years.

Fox said Thursday that its stations have committed to carrying the Fox-run program service through 2018. MyNetwork’s 10 hours of primetime programming — all off-network reruns — run on Fox-owned duopoly stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and seven other markets.

Fox’s statement regarding MyNetwork comes as Tribune Broadcasting and the CW are in the midst of hammering out a new affiliation deal to succeed the contract that expires next fall.

There had been speculation that some of Fox’s MyNetwork affiliates might try to switch to CW if Tribune and the CW could not come to terms. But at present sources say Tribune and CW have started to engage in substantive talks and both sides expect a deal to be done.

MyNetwork was born in 2006 out of the merger of UPN and the WB Network, which created the CW, when Fox’s UPN affiliates were left without a network affiliation. MyNetwork initial had ambition to serve up a slate of original programming but its initial experiment with telenovelas was a flop.

At present, the service is offered to stations as a syndicated package of reruns that include “The Walking Dead,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Closer,” “The Mentalist” and “Bones.”

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