Oxygen Secures Cable Rights To ‘Glee'

Oxygen Media will sing the praises of hit Fox series Glee in 2011 after reaching an exclusive cable syndication deal with Twentieth Century Fox to distribute the freshman scripted comedy series.

The women's-targeted network will air the series -- about the lives of several high school glee club members - beginning in January 2011, according to Oxygen officials. The network will also launch a companion unscripted reality competition series to discover the next "Glee" star scheduled to premiere in June 2011.

"Glee is the No. 1 hit show for women 18-34 and Generation O is obsessed with it," said Jason Klarman, president of Oxygen Media. "It's Live Out Loud in every way."
Steve MacDonald, executive vice president and general sales manager of basic cable for Twentieth Television added the deal "is a unique syndication opportunity and we're thrilled to be working on it with Oxygen. This deal not only provides viewers with the opportunity to see even more of the drama, comedy, song and dance that they have come to expect from Glee, but also extends the reach of this pop-culture phenomenon's brand through a new reality series."

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