Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Reruns of the Future

Posted in TV & Film by Jacob Zinn on May 27, 2009

There is a lot of money in syndicated television. Episodes of Seinfeld and Married… with Children have been replayed for the last decade with royalty cheques going to Jerry Seinfeld and Ed O’Neill. (He’s making a lot more money than your average shoe salesman.)

In cartoons, The Simpsons and Family Guy are the most obvious examples, and American Dad! is beginning to have reruns on different networks.

But which shows will be the future of syndication? Will current sitcoms like 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother be on the air years after their series finales?

Or will Seinfeld still be funny? Or even relevant?

Mad Men doesn’t have to worry about keeping up with current jokes because it is set in the ’50s, but does it have that kind of staying power?

What about dramas like 24 and Lost? Episodes of these shows must be played in chronological order–viewers can’t just jump into the story.

Maybe House or Rescue Me will be around. Entourage is getting reruns, but will other HBO shows have the same success? The Sopranos was only recently put on syndication.

There are no answers here. Some shows will have a large following and became a staple in North American pop culture–the rest will be on DVD shelves in Best Buy.

But let me put it this way: The Cosby Show is still on TV. Who knew?

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