NBC UNIVERSAL DOMESTIC TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION BRINGING “THE REAL HOUSEWIVES” FRANCHISE TO MONDAY-FRIDAY BROADCAST SYNDICATION
Hit Series Sold to NBC Local Media, Hearst Television And Other Leading Broadcast Groups In Nation’s Top Markets For Fall 2010 Debut
New York, NY- October 12, 2009 – NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold “The Real Housewives” franchise to stations from NBC Local Media, Hearst Television and other leading broadcast groups in the nation’s top markets for the series’ Monday through Friday off-network syndication debut, it was announced today by Barry Wallach, President NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
Bravo’s breakout hit series, which gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the lives of real women, is set to launch on local broadcast stations in fall 2010.
The series has already been sold in more than 60% of the country on local broadcast stations owned by NBC Local Media and Hearst Television, as well as other leading station groups including CBS, LIN, Local TV, Media General, Post-Newsweek, Raycom and Sinclair.
“The Real Housewives” has been sold to all 10 of the NBC Local Media broadcast stations; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford. The series has also been sold to Hearst Television stations including Tampa, Orlando, Sacramento, Kansas City, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans and West Palm Beach.
“‘The Real Housewives’ franchise has all of the characteristics of a daytime hit “strong characters, terrific story-telling and escapism,” says NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s Wallach. “The series has truly become a national phenomenon, gaining in popularity each season and scoring huge local ratings on Bravo.”
NBC is trying to up the ante against other networks for a share of the daytime market as they are behind CBS & ABC. A little late if you ask me. Let’s see how non cabled US viewers like the “housewives”.
For those who will be re-watching, this will be your chance to see the original “Real Housewives” from the beginning Victoria “Vicki” Gunvalson, Kimberly Bryant, Joanna “Jo” De La Rosa (who was engaged to Slade Smiley at the time), Lauri Waring now Lauri Peterson & Jeana Keough.
RHOOC season 1 starts airing Monday 13th September. Check your local listings here TV Guide