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Black channel TV One scores sitcom, movie rights

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TV One, a cable channel that targets black viewers, said Monday that it has acquired rerun rights to a slew of movies and TV series, including such films as The Color Purple and Malcolm X, and UPN sitcoms All of Us and Eve.

The multiyear deal, with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, marks the biggest programming acquisition for the network in its two-year history.

TV One said the agreement marks the first time it has obtained off-network rights to sitcoms currently airing on a broadcast network. It can begin airing All of Us and Eve in the fall, which will mark their off-network premieres. Both shows are now in their third seasons, but face an uncertain future. The CW, the new network launching in the fall with the merger of WB Network and UPN, hasn't yet announced whether either show will be on its schedule for the 2006-07 season.

The deal also includes rights to such series as Living Single, For Your Love, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, The Parent 'Hood, Wanda at Large, All About the Andersons, Fastlane, and A Man Called Hawk, as well as recent episodes of Showtime at the Apollo. Through the agreement, TV One also is renewing rights to air the comedies Roc and Martin.

Other movie titles on the slate include windows on such films as Lean on Me, New Jack City, Purple Rain, Shaft, Superfly, Round Midnight, Rosewood, Boiling Point, Uptown Saturday Night, Strictly Business, Cabin in the Sky, Krush Groove, and Sparkle.

TV One and Warner Bros. declined comment on the financial terms of the deal. TV One, which launched in January 2004, serves more than 28.4 million households.

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