Fox TV stations going ‘seamless’ on four other syndicated shows
In addition to renewing syndication deals with “Extra,” “TMZ,” “TMZ Live” and “The Real,” Fox owned televisions have also secured an arrangement that will remove the traditional commercial break between each show.
- All three shows have gotten three season renewals on Fox TV stations in major markets.
- The new “seamless” format will require the shows’ endings to be tweaks in order to accommodate the required credits and production slates into a compressed format alongside the closing seconds of the show itself.
- The commercial slots lost as a result of this change will be made up by adding more spots to existing breaks or even adding an entirely new break in the show.
- Fox is already using this approach for “Divorce Court,” “Dish Nation” and “25 Words or Less.”
- Fox execs like the format because it eliminates what they see as a familiar signal that it’s time to change channels.
- It’s not immediately clearly if the reformatting will be used on non-Fox stations or if an alternate version will be provided for stations not wishing to eliminate the commercial break at the end.
- Notably not included in the deal is “The Wendy Williams Show,” which leads into “The Real” in many markets.
- “Wendy” was previously renewed through the 2021-2022 season.