Lifetime Acquires Exclusive Cable Rights

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Despite previous reports that a syndication pact with TNT and Oxygen was essentially a done deal, Lifetime pulled off a last-minute surprise by acquiring exclusive basic cable rights to Grey's Anatomy.

Beginning this January, Lifetime can (and probably will) begin running an episode per week from season one of the show.

As of the fall of 2009, however, the network can begin running the show as many days of the week as it likes. The deal was consummated for approximately $1.2 million per episode.

Early reports indicated that TNT and Oxygen snared Grey's Anatomy in a joint deal, but Lifetime apparently outbid the two in the latter stages of the negotiations. Buena Vista Television, the series syndicator, is quoted as saying the show is a great fit for Lifetime because it attracts higher ratings and a higher concentration of young female viewers than any other show in prime time.

Lifetime recently phased out its slogan "Television for women" and has been concentrating on new content. The network also picked up the rights to ABC's Desperate Housewives for a reported $1.2 million per episode this spring, and will start airing those repeats ugust 5.

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Hey.. That's so cool 'cause that is a very awesomd chance 4 those whom never get to watch the pilot.. At least not me cause i've been watching since the pilot..

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Just because we can live without something, it doesn't mean we have to.

Meredith

Derek: I am calling post-it, Zola, Bailey, the tumors on the wall, ferryboat scrub caps. I thought D.C. was everything. I was wrong. You... you're everything. I love you and I'm not going to stop loving you. I can't live without you. I don't want to live without you, and I'm going to do everything in my power to prove it.
Meredith: I can live without you, but I don't want to. I don't ever want to.