NBC O&Os renew “Ellen” for three years


Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) announced that it has renewed Telepictures Productions’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for three additional seasons on the O&O TV stations of the NBC Local Media Division. That puts to rest speculation that the ABC O&Os might outbid NBC to have “Ellen” after Oprah Winfrey retires her daily talker.

“Ellen is one of those unique personalities that comes along once in a generation. Her program has been embraced by viewers as their generation’s talk franchise, and we couldn’t be happier that the NBC stations will continue to have ‘Ellen’ as the cornerstone of their syndicated lineup for years to come,” said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

“I’m so excited to sign on for three more years at NBC. They were the ones that believed in my show from day one. So, I’m thrilled to know I’ll be here ’til at least 2014. Things will be a lot different by then. I won’t be dancing over my coffee table anymore. Through the magic of 3-D, I’ll be dancing over YOURS!” said DeGeneres.

Under terms of the multiyear deal, “Ellen” will continue to be broadcast on NBC’s 10 owned-and-operated stations – including WNBC-TV in New York, KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and WMAQ-TV in Chicago, the nation’s three largest markets – through the end of the 2013–2014 television season. The agreement furthers a long-standing relationship between WBDTD and NBC on behalf of “Ellen,” which launched on the NBC-owned stations in September 2003 and had been previously renewed through 2010–2011. The three-year extension will take “Ellen” through its 11th season on the air.

“Ellen is a singular talent who has the rare ability to truly connect and engage with the audience. Her show has been the foundation of our programming schedule since its launch, and we’re thrilled that ‘Ellen’ will remain with our stations for many years to come,” said John Wallace, President, NBC Local Media Division.