It’s Official: Spike Acquires HBO’s ‘Entourage’

Network gets rights to all five seasons to date and future episodes

Spike TV has acquired the basic cable rights to HBO comedy Entourage. The deal, first reported last month by B&C, gives Spike the rights to all five seasons to date, as well as all future episodes.

Comedy Central will also get a window to air the series, most likely in late night. Both Comedy Central and Spike TV are part of the MTV Networks portfolio.

“It’s great, to have a shot at getting a wider audience and reach [for Entourage] than HBO has,” Entourage creator and executive producer Doug Ellin tells B&C. “It is a guys channel, and it is a great show that a lot of younger guys watch; it’s a perfect fit.”

Spike will begin airing Entourage in January 2010. The network hasn’t announced what it will pair the HBO comedy with, but it has a number of original comedies in development. An established half-hour show like Entourage would serve as a strong springboard for the cabler’s originals.

Details of the agreement, including license fees, were not available at press time.