A&E Network will jump into the network-repurposing game April Fool's
The cable channel will begin rebroadcasting The View April 1, 26 hours
after the daytime talk show's initial run on ABC.
In addition to running The View one day later at 1 p.m., A&E will
also air the show -- hosted by Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy
Behar and Lisa Ling -- at 7 p.m. weekdays.
Terms of the deal, announced Monday, were not disclosed. ABC owns 37.5
percent of A&E.
The View will serve as a lead into A&E's signature Biography
skein at night.
A&E currently airs the first six seasons of Law & Order in the
time slots that will house The View in April (A&E will continue to
run Law & Order at 11 p.m. weeknights). A&E elected not to renew
its rights to Law & Order a year ago, according to a company
Turner Network Television -- which began running the off-network series'
seventh through 10th seasons in June 2001 -- currently airs Law
& Order Mondays and Tuesdays. Come September, it will have full rights
to the series' 12 seasons.
A&E joins TNT (Charmed from The WB Television Network), USA
Network (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from NBC), Lifetime
Television (Once and Again from ABC), ABC Family (Whose Line Is It
Anyway? from ABC) and E! Entertainment Television (Last Call with Carson
Daly from NBC, beginning March 4), as cable networks running encore editions
of broadcast-network skeins within short windows.
'The View is such a fresh, entertaining and smart show, and we're
excited to add it to our network,' A&E senior vice president of programming
Allen Sabinson said in a prepared statement.
'The talented team of Barbara, Meredith, Star, Joy and Lisa has great
chemistry and style, and it's no wonder The View has broken out of the
pack,' he added. 'We see the show as an ideal addition to the A&E lineup,
and we are confident that we'll help to introduce many new fans to TheView among our audience.'