Does anyone know why "Medical Center" isn't in syndication somewhere? The only place I can find it is in dvds. Any.

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No, but I suspect that because of advances in medicine, medical dramas become more dated than other fare from the same time period.   One wonders if Marcus Welby M.D., Ben Casey, or Dr. Kildare are in syndication anywhere.
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Most likely a lack of interest and the high cost of syndication fees associated with the title.

I cannot recall this ever being in reruns at any time. So the cost of airing it may be too high. It would be on a first run residual scale cost. ("HIGH")

Everyone from day players to stunt performers to the main cast of a show, otherwise known as “featured players,” gets residuals. How much they get is based on what they are paid in the first place. 

But here, I thought it would be interesting to calculate how much one of the main cast members gets paid:


The “Friends” cast was making $1  million an episode for the last couple of seasons. But Craig Beatty, the Vice President of Entertainment Partners, says there’s a ceiling. During “Friends” that was around $2,500 an episode. So let’s use that as our jumping off point to calculate an example:


Let’s take “The One Where Eddie Moves In,” otherwise known as the ultimate “Smelly Cat” episode:

If, back in 1996, it repeated once during the summer and once the following year on NBC, then Lisa Kudrow would have theoretically gotten:


$2,500 x 2 = $5,000


When a show is syndicated to basic cable and local television stations (called “free television” in the biz), a sliding scale kicks in. Kudrow would have received 40 percent for the first re-run (40 percent of $2,500 = $1,000), 30 percent for the second re-run ($750) and then 25 percent for the next three re-runs. After that, it goes down incrementally until the 13th time it airs.  From then on, an actor gets 5 percent for each episode every time it airs, forever. So if “The One Where Eddie Moves In” re-aired five times in syndication, the math would work like this:


40% of $2,500 = $1,000

Now this was made in 1969 and costs were lower. But Chad Everett was a hot commodity in 1969 and likely was in the top 25 paid actors on TV at the time.

Since this never re-ran or if it did it was not much the costs may be too high. Also to protect DVD sales rights, the holder of said rights to that title on DVD may have exclusive rights on distribution. So, NO TV! This may be for a specific period of negotiated time or permanent. The terms may not be available for any one to view. So this is speculation.

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I remember this show very well.  I'm pretty sure it had reruns, though decades ago.