OWN, TLC nab off-network rights for “Undercover Boss”

The two cable nets will have access to the Studio Lambert series' library and begin airing reruns in the fall of 2012 following a deal struck with CBS Television Distribution.
July 11, 2011

Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and TLC have struck a deal with CBS Television Distribution for the off-network rights to the Studio Lambert-produced CBS hit Undercover Boss.

Both nets, part of the Discovery Communications family, will have access to the series’ library and will begin airing regularly scheduled episodes in the fall of 2012.

“We think our sale of Undercover Boss creates a great partnership between OWN, TLC and CTD,” said Scott Koondel, president, distribution, CBS Television Distribution. “Undercover Boss is a perfect fit for OWN and TLC as it focuses on improving lives, which very much reflects both networks’ missions. We are excited that their viewers will have the chance to see this exceptional show.”

Undercover Boss is a great addition to OWN’s fall lineup,” said Scott Garner, senior vice president, scheduling and acquisitions for the net. “The self-contained episodes will serve as strong anchors to complement OWN original programming.”

“Oprah helped launch Boss when she devoted a whole show to previewing the series just before its post-Super Bowl launch last year, so it’s wonderful that the off-network rights have now gone to her network,” said Studio Lambert chief exec Stephen Lambert of the deal, adding that TLC’s programming approach of “finding the extraordinary in the everyday” made the show a fine fit for the network.

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