Sony Pictures Television has sold the hit comedy series “Rules of Engagement” to local broadcast stations in the nation’s top markets in off-network syndication, it was announced today by John Weiser, president of U.S. distribution, Sony Pictures Television.
In the top 3 markets, “Rules of Engagement” has been sold to WPIX-TV New York (Tribune), KCAL9 Los Angeles (CBS) and WCIU-TV Chicago (Weigel). Other leading station groups buying the series include Tribune, CBS, Weigel, Belo and Meredith.
“The show’s compatibility with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Two and a Half Men,’ combined with its strong, consistent performance on CBS among male viewers has been a major enticement to local stations” said Weiser. “It’s a win, win for buyers because the show repeats better than any comedy on television.”
“Rules of Engagement” is a comedy about the different phases of male/female relationships, as seen through the eyes of a newly engaged couple, Adam (Oliver Hudson) and Jennifer (Bianca Kajlich), a long-time married pair, Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price), and a single guy on the prowl, Russell (David Spade) and his assistant, Timmy (Adhir Kalyan). As they find out, the often confusing stages of a relationship can seem like being on a roller coaster. People can describe the ride to you, but to really know what it’s like you have to experience it for yourself.
A consistent utility player in every time slot for CBS during its broadcast network run, “Rules of Engagement” builds its time period in each of its five seasons. “Rules of Engagement” is also the #1 CBS network comedy in repeatability.
Tom Hertz, Doug Robinson and Jack Giarraputo serve as executive producers on “Rules of Engagement” which is produced by Happy Madison Productions and CBS Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.