– Wizards Rule: Disney-ABC Domestic Television has cleared Wizard’s First Rule in 84 percent of the country, including all top 50 markets, i.e., the 50 largest metro areas in the country – essentially making it a “firm go”. To see a complete list of station groups airing the show this fall, click here (locally, Wizard’s will air on WGN-TV.)
This marks the first scripted hour to air in first-run syndication since MGM’s She Spies debuted in 2002. For Disney-ABC, it is their first scripted hour show in syndication since Land’s End and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in the 1990’s, when it was known as Buena Vista Television.
– Meanwhile, NBC Universal has sold off-network weekend runs of House and Monk to 99 percent of the country, with WFLD-TV clearing them both locally. Fox O&O’s in New York and Los Angeles nabbed House, while NBC O&Os in those two same markets (WNBC and KNBC) nabbed Monk.
– Twentieth’s Boston Legal has been sold in 92 percent of the country for a fall 2008 launch for weekend runs (WLS-TV will carry the show locally.) This deal is separate from the one made last month with ION Television, which enables the former PAX network to strip the show five days a week.