“The Big Bang Theory” may have found a buddy at TBS.
The erstwhile Superstation has secured the off- network rights to “Rules of Engagement” from Sony Pictures Television.
Oliver Hudson, Patrick Warburton and David Spade star in the comedy on male- female relationships, which debuts on TBS Jan. 2.
The series is syndicated in 96 percent of the United States in the major markets.
"We recently shot our 100th episode, which speaks to the ongoing appeal of this series and its cast,” John Weiser, SPT U.S. Distribution president, said in a statement announcing the news. “This show consistently outperforms its competition in adult demos and households and we’re very excited to be partnering with our friends at Turner Broadcasting.”
“Rules of Engagement” received a stay of execution on CBS in May, as it got a 13- episode order. The show eventually settled after “Big Bang Theory” on Thursdays after freshman comedy “How to Be a Gentleman” tanked.
Spade is widely known from “Saturday Night Live,” while Warburton played David Putty on “Seinfeld” and voices Joe on “Family Guy.”
“The Big Bang Theory” has been a wise investment for TBS, as the No. 1 syndicated comedy frequently outdraws first- run programs and has boosted TBS’ viewership.