Comedy, WGN Snare Scrubs Deals

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In a rare off-network sitcom acquisition, Comedy Central announced Monday that it has acquired syndication rights to NBC comedy series Scrubs.

Comedy will air 93 episodes of the four-year skein, about the exploits of a young medical resident, beginning in 2006, network executives said.

WGN Superstation will also air the episodes as part of its national cable offering.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed at press time.

"We're thrilled to have Scrubs join the network," Comedy senior vice president of programming David Bernath said in a prepared statement. "It is a very funny show with a great cast. Not many off-network sitcoms fit our brand, and this one fits perfectly."

The deal is the first off-network sitcom acquisition for the network since it purchased rights to Jay Mohr vehicle Action in 2003. The network also acquired rights to sports-news comedy series Sports Night in 2000.

Despite the acquisition of Scrubs, a network spokesman said Comedy will continue to focus its efforts on developing original programming.

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