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Bonnie Hunt Show Clearances Hit 85% of Country

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution is close to completing sales for its new first-run talker, The Bonnie Hunt Show, with more than 85% of the United States cleared.

New station groups on the list include Barrington Broadcasting, Columbia Broadcasting, ComCorp, Grant Communications, JW Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcast Group, Peak Media and Sainte Television Group, among others.

Additional stations from previous Bonnie licensees Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group, LIN TV and Gray Television, among others, also signed on.

Those stations join nine stations from the NBC Local Media Division, as well as stations from the Hearst-Argyle Television, Gannett, Belo, Scripps, McGraw-Hill, Allbritton Communications, Fox, Young Broadcasting, Grey Television and Media General broadcast groups.

The one-hour daily strip is from Bob & Alice Productions and paraMedia, in association with Telepictures Productions. The show will launch next fall, with Don Lake, Jim Paratore and Hunt executive-producing.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.