Reaper may live on with new episodes in syndication

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

ABC Studios wants to produce new original episodes of Reaper, the hourlong supernatural dramedy, to syndicate to CW affiliates for Sunday nights, several sources confirmed to Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

That would effectively end-run The CW network, which may or may not renew Reaper for another season in its current Tuesday-night prime-time slot.

ABC Studios has pitched the idea to stations, who say they're interested in the show if the terms are right.

A spokesperson for The CW declined to comment on the talks, the presence of which would indicate the show would not be returning to the network's lineup.

Earlier this month, The CW said it was in advanced talks with key affiliates about returning Sunday nights from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to stations.

The version of Reaper that stations would get would differ from The CW's prime-time version: The show's two creators and show runners, Michelle Fazekas and Tara Butters, have left ABC Studios and signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox, so the studio would need to bring on new executive producers.

One of the show's stars, Tyler Labine, has signed to star in Fox's Sons of Tucson this fall, although sources say he's in second position on that show, meaning he would have to return to Reaper if a syndication deal went forward, the trade magazine reported.

Reaper stars Bret Harrison as an average Joe who learns he must fight demons as part of a deal his mother made with the devil in order to conceive him. Labine plays his best friend and fellow demon fighter.

Reaper now airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.