The Good Wife Syndication Costs $2 Million An Episode

The Good Wife has hit Season 4, otherwise known as the season of syndication, and parent network CBS has worked out one hell of a deal to make reruns available. CBS has sold The Good Wife to two streaming partners, Amazon and Hulu, and will begin rolling out syndicated episodes of the program on television via the Hallmark Channel.

The Good Wife may not crush in the ratings on CBS, but its wonderful storylines and scores of high-end guest stars have helped the show to earn a reputation of critical acclaim over the years. The network has been shopping The Good Wife for syndication and the show is breaking the bank with a combined license fee that Deadline is reporting costs the syndicating parties nearly $2 million an episode.

The Good Wife has always been able to bring in A-List talent to intrigue audiences. Besides regular actors Chris Noth, Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles, this season the show has brought on board actors as varied as Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, and Matthew Perry, who will pop in next week. It’s no surprise multiple outlets would be invested in the series and it’s a smart play to do a syndication deal across the board.

If you’ve always wanted to get into The Good Wife, but didn’t want to jump into Season 4, beginning on Thursday, the first three seasons of the series will be made available on Amazon Prime starting, with Season 4 coming at a later date. Hulu will get the episodes next September and the Hallmark Channel will begin airing new episodes in 2014. So, keep your eyes peeled if you want to catch older episodes of the hit drama.

Jessica Rawden
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