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Quick Hits: The High Cost of Recycled TV


Brief scrutiny of today's headlines.

What's the definition of 128.5 hours well spent? The 257 episodes of Married With Children Spike TV just purchased from Sony Pictures (SNE).

Spike is reported to have paid $12 million for the shows, or 50 cents a piece for each flashback sequence of Al reliving his high school football glory days, or 25 cents a piece for jokes about Bud's inability to pick up women, or ten cents a piece for send-ups of Kelly's promiscuity, or 5 cents a piece for each of Peg's references to her love affair with bon-bons.

Spike also plans to recycle Unsolved Mysteries, which ran on both NBC (GE) and CBS (CBS) from 1987 to 1999. Together with distribution partner HBO, Spike aims to begin airing the reruns in October. Unless, of course, some of the mysteries are solved between now and then.
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