Pt. Dume is targeted for Saturday night time slots on Tribune stations, including WGN-TV in Chicago. Due to sports pre-emptions however, expect the program to run in early fringe on Saturdays.The sale to Tribune is quite surprising, given Twentieth parent News Corp. owns My Network TV outlets in seven markets where Tribune owns stations, including Chicago and My Network TV is hurting for original programming in primetime.
The last time a scripted series aired in first-run syndication was just last season, with Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker. It was canceled in April after two seasons when Tribune declined to renew the show.
Twentieth’s history producing first-run syndicated scripted product is quite scant; the few series it produced in this manner were sci-fi series Starlost (1973, which was a disaster no one could ever imagine); Small Wonder (1985-89; inherited when News Corp. purchased Metromedia Producers); a syndicated revival of former ABC series 9 to 5 (1986-88) and sitcom Student Bodies (1997-98).