ABC Studios is continuing their effort for REAPER to live on. Either in syndication or on a cable net. There is talk of ABC Family possibly picking it up, but a show about the Devil and his son on a network aimed at Family? Toss that talk right into the trash. It’s a rumor and a silly one (and confirmed false). There is talk of the See Fee Network (formerly Sci-Fi, now SyFy and called See Fee by me) picking it up. This one actually has some legs because they’re discussing it.
However it appears the show will be living on via a very likely syndication package deal with fellow ABC Studios syndicated show THE LEGEND OF THE SEEKER (LOTS) from Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi (Xena, Hercules). LOTS is the top syndicated scripted program in the states and does well in over seas sales. The question most people ask is what will this mean to REAPER?
First it’s already cheap, cheap, cheap. They had to make adjustments for season 2 already. So the difference between a syndication budget and their current budget is minimal. So the real question is: Will Tyler Labine be on the show? The answer is: YES. His contract with REAPER is pretty clear on the fact that. Some people wonder if syndication is different than renewal, nope. For the purposes of his contract he is the guy. FOX delayed SONS OF TUCSON from Fall to Mid-Season to wait out the REAPER situation (among other things).
I’ve seen SONS OF TUCSON and it’s not a winner. The kids aren’t that funny, and Tyler Labine is definitely not funny. Think of Sock’s stupidest scams on REAPER that don’t even bring a chuckle, that is what SONS OF TUCSON was with kids antagonizing Labine. The plot is basically kids with money and no parents pay Labine to con his way as their parental figure for authority figures in their life (school and what not). Yes, it’s a brilliant idea (note sarcasm).
What is the potential of REAPER in syndication? Well one thing is that it will get advertised far more than the CW did with REAPER. REAPER was a show that the CW spent their least amount of promo budget on and it showed. Technically I suppose the movies and JERICHO got less promo work (none at all) but right behind that was REAPER. So the affiliates will want to advertise it and LOTS. LOTS is already the top scripted syndicated show. If they can work out a deal where LOTS is the lead in for REAPER then they have a good chance of actually increasing the viewing of REAPER compared to the CW.
Why is ABC Studios doing this? I think they think Dawn is an idiot. Check that. I know they think Dawn is an idiot because someone there said it. They’ve believed in REAPER and thought that the CW gave them a raw deal on promotions, etc. They were right. So what happens when REAPER in syndication outperforms what the CW did on Sundays and what REAPER normally did? It’s egg on the face of Ostroff. Combined with the CW losing more money than it did last year, and the brilliant idea to move their top scripted show to Fridays…. it could make Dawn a joke. Jokes don’t last long in Hollywood. Even the CW spin program can’t save her if numbers are down, SMALLVILLE flops, and REAPER reaps in the viewers.
So I suggest everyone who wants Dawn to fact the music go and find their local CW affiliate information and send them an email of “Please pick up REAPER in syndication from ABC STUDIOS, Thanks.”