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Twentieth Television Clears Bones in 20 Markets, 45% of U.S.

Off-Fox drama Bones cleared 20 markets and 45% of the country for a fall-2009 launch in syndication, according to distributor Twentieth Television.

The drama got a big boost toward that 45% via a group deal from co-owned Fox Television Stations, with clearance in top 10 markets that include duopolies in New York (WNYW/WWOR), Los Angeles (KTTV/KCOP) and Chicago (WFLD/WPWR).

On the eve of the National Association of Television Program Executives’ conference in Las Vegas, the show, in its third season, also lined up stations from CBS (KPIX/KBCW San Francisco), and Bahakel Communications (WCCB Charlotte, N.C.).

Bones is a forensic drama based on the novels of real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.

TNT picked up cable syndication rights to the show last week.

Bones has been paired with Fox's House in the fall as a Tuesday forensic twosome. But it made way for the return of American Idol in the Tuesday 8 p.m.-9 p.m. slot and is moving to Fridays at 9 p.m. beginning March 14.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.