"Malcolm" going to Nick at Nite

NEW YORK (Mediaweek) - Nick at Nite has bought the cable rights to all seven seasons of the comedy series “Malcolm in the Middle,” which ran on Fox from 2000-06.

Beginning July 5, the series will air Sunday nights on Nick in the 8 p.m. time slot, effectively making the network’s official starting time an hour earlier. The shift will eliminate confusion over Nick at Nite’s primetime schedule, which began 60 minutes later than the rest of ad-supported television’s nightly lineup.

The move also will facilitate family viewing, said Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. “We have conducted a great deal of research with kids and families, and two things that we hear continuously are that they want to spend more time together and that watching television is one of their favorite ways of making that happen,” Zarghami said, by way of announcing the acquisition.

“Malcolm in the Middle” stars Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Jane Kaczmarek (“Raising the Bar”). The show joins Nick at Nite’s other comedy acquisitions of shows that originally aired on broadcast networks: “George Lopez,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Nanny” and “Home Improvement.”

In addition to the sitcom pickups, Nick at Nite this summer will add the new stop-motion animated series “Glenn Martin, DDS.”