In its first foray into “off-network” series acquisition, Bounce TV has landed the television rights to 4 shows in individual, multi-year licensing agreements, announced today.
In the deals, the nation’s first-ever and rapidly-expanding broadcast television network for African Americans acquires “Roc” (72 episodes) and “The Parent ‘Hood” (90 episodes) from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; “A Different World” (144 episodes) from Carsey-Werner Distribution; and “The Hughleys” (89 episodes) from Twentieth Television.
The 4 popular series will be scheduled together to create a new line-up leading into prime time, with the network airing 2 episodes of each show back-to-back, Monday–Friday starting at 5pm, beginning on Monday, January 5, 2015.
“Research shows that our rapidly-growing audience is hungry for great family-friendly comedy series. These 4 iconic sitcoms fit beautifully together and will further drive our already-robust ratings and viewership,” said Jonathan Katz, Chief Operating Officer of Bounce TV.
The critically-acclaimed “Roc” aired on FOX and stars Charles S. Dutton as Baltimore garbage collector Roc Emerson and Ella Joyce as his wife.
“The Parent ‘Hood” was part of the original Wednesday night lineup that helped launch The WB network; Robert Townsend and Suzzanne Douglas star.
The multiple Emmy-nominated “A Different World” debuted as the #1 new show of its premiere season, staying at #1 in its time period for 5 consecutive seasons; Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison head the cast.
And based on D. L. Hughley’s real-life experiences, “The Hughleys” stars the comedian and Elise Neal as his wife who move their family from the inner to city to the Los Angeles suburbs with hilarious results.
Bounce TV features a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, documentaries, specials and now off-net series. Bounce TV is currently seen in 90 markets, including all of the top African American television markets, 90% of African American television homes and 73% of the total television homes in the United States.