Spike TV has coughed up around $12 million to buy an exclusive five-year license to all 257 half-hour episodes of Married with Children from Sony Pictures TV, which will begin airing in September.
According to Variety, the network also revealed some additional details about its previously reported purchase of updated repeats of Unsolved Mysteries, including the fact that there'll be 175 re-edited hours of the series in the five-year exclusive contract and that the episodes will be available on Spike.com for streaming and downloading to mobile devices.
Spike also said Dennis Farina will be the new Unsolved Mysteries host. The late Robert Stack hosted the series on NBC from 1988 to 1997, on CBS in 1998 and 1999, and on Lifetime in 2000 and 2001. The network declined to discuss dollar figures, but it will pay roughly $150,000 per episode to distributor HBO, putting the total cost at about $26 million. Unsolved Mysteries becomes available to Spike in October.
In the deal for Married with Children, the network will get the right to funnel the half-hour episodes to Spike.com. It also picks up 40 six-minute webisodes for the Internet and mobile outlets. The license fee comes to slightly less than $50,000 an episode.