The CW has found a new home in Detroit. Again.
The CW Network, owned by Nexstar, struck a deal with E.W. Scripps to run on WMYD-TV, and will bring its programming to TV20 on November 13.
This represents the third station that The CW has been over over the last two months. It previously jumped from its longtime home WKBD-TV to WADL back in September 1. But last week, WADL owner Kevin Adell removed the programming from his network because of a pay dispute.
The dispute stems from WADL’s planned $75 million sale to Mission Broadcasting, which is also managed by Nexstar. The deal is awaiting approval by the Federal Communications Commission, and WADL owner Kevin Adell said in a statement that he doesn’t believe it will be approved “anytime soon.”
As a result, he sought payment from Nexstar to carry the CW, and The Detroit News reported that he gave Nexstar Chairman Perry Sook a 10-day advance notice of his plans to do so. He felt the delay meant the two sides needed to renegotiate their deal.
Instead, Nexstar found a new partner in WMYD.
“The CW offers our audiences and advertisers a solid lineup of attractive programming, including popular entertainment and a growing amount of live sports programming,” said Mike Murri, general manager for Scripps stations WXYZ/WMYD in Detroit.
“TV20 has a legacy of service to the community, and it will be a great home in the Detroit metro area for The CW,” said Dennis Miller, president of The CW Network.
The CW is in a middle of a reboot itself after Nexstar took full control of the network. Gone are the raft of superhero shows spawned from DC’s Arrow. In its place are shows like FBoy Island and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, as well as ACC football and basketball games and LIV Golf.