The Fishers are coming back to life--on basic cable.
Bravo has purchased the exclusive rights to air reruns of HBO's groundbreaking Emmy-winning series Six Feet Under for the next four years, a rep for the pay cable network confirmed Friday.
While HBO declined to confirm how much the syndication deal was worth, Daily Variety reports the NBC Universal-owned Bravo agreed to pony up $15 million, or $250,000 per episode, to broadcast all five seasons of the late dramedy, which was laid to rest last August after 63 one-hour episodes.
Per the trade, HBO originally sought a licensing fee worth $450,000 per episode but eventually dropped its asking price due to the show's serialized nature and its adult-oriented content, including drug use, explicit sexuality, and--as the start of every story line can attest--stark death scenes.
"Six Feet Under feels like an absolute bull's-eye for us. It's an acclaimed, thought-provoking drama that should match up well with our programming," Frances Berwick, Bravo's vice president of programming and production, told Variety. "It's a show that's won many awards and been heavily marketed. So we know there are millions of viewers who've heard about this show but didn't get to see it on HBO."
The price Bravo ultimately paid, however, is a far cry from the record $2.5 million an episode A&E plunked down for the right to air reruns of HBO's The Sopranos.
Created by American Beauty scribe Alan Ball, Six Feet Under followed a family of quirky undertakers and their trials and tribulations running a Los Angeles funeral home.
As it did for syndicated series Sex and the City, HBO has given its blessing to Bravo to make the necessary cuts for a PG version of the critically beloved series to adhere to basic cable standards and therefore can air during any hour of prime time.
"We want to leave the storylines intact as much as possible and keep the show true to its original form," said Berwick.
The exec also noted that Bravo won't truncate any episodes exceeding the show's normal one-hour running time, but will allow them to overlap with the next time slot if necessary.
Bravo has been on a hot streak for the last year or so ratings-wise, thanks to the first two seasons of Project Runway, along with such staples as Inside the Actor's Studio and Queer Eye.
Six Feet Under will join a roster of shows including NBC's The West Wing and Law & Order: Criminal Intent getting a second lease on life via repeats on the network.
No word yet on the time slot in which Bravo will bury the Fisher clan, but Six Feet reruns are expected to debut sometime in the fall and air once a week.