Two popular NBC series are going to make their syndication debut on the cable network TBS. According to Variety, The Office is heading to the Super Station next year, with My Name Is Earl to follow soon after.
The deal is valued at more than $130 million, and allows TBS to start airing repeats of The Office twice a week this fall. That is a full two years before any other channels are allowed to run the series in syndication.
The shows airing this fall will be from the first three seasons of the show. But it does not include episodes from the series' upcoming fourth season. Repeat episodes of My Name Is Earl won't air for another two years. In 2009, the two shows will most likely air back to back, as viewers have become accustomed to watching them on NBC.
That will change soon on NBC, though. They are moving The Office to the 9 p.m. slot, while leaving My Name Is Earl where it is at 8 p.m.