Date: 8th November 2000
In what may be a precedent-setting deal, ABC on Tuesday picked up Warner Bros. TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? not only through the 2003-2004 season on the network but for syndication as well. The New York Times noted today (Wednesday) that the deal may in part represent a hedge against a possible writers' strike next spring. (The improv show uses no writers.) By gaining complete control over the series, the Times observed, ABC could air it in multiple time slots should a strike occur.
Source: Studio Briefing