Fox's new TV network, My Network TV, has signed a two-year deal with Buena Vista Television allowing weekend rebroadcasts of the hit BV series Desperate Housewives. The deal, which begins in 2008, lets My Network run Housewives on Fox's 10 owned and operated TV stations, but not on Fox affiliate stations.
Housewives premiered in the fall of 2004 and quickly became one of TV's top-rated shows. The ABC series will finish out the 2005-06 season as the number two scripted show on television and third overall, following reality series American Idol and crime drama CSI.
My Network is scheduled to launch on September 5 and already has a lineup heavy on Housewives-style soap operas. The launch schedule includes the Bo Derek-starrer Secret Obsessions, which is about the juicy behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the fashion industry, and Desires, a nightly telenovela based on a Columbian nighttime soap.
Other series slated for My Network include Friends & Enemies, which is about a fake psychologist who falls in love with the patient she is pretending to treat, and To Love and Die, which is about a pilot and an heiress who survive a plane crash, only to fall in love.