BET in talks to air reruns of HBO’s

BET in talks to air reruns of HBO's 1HBO is finalizing a deal with BET to make the black-oriented cable channel the syndicated home of its critically acclaimed original series “The Wire,” sources said.

Neither company would comment, but the pact is expected to give BET all five seasons of “Wire,” which would amount to 62 episodes. HBO recently ordered a fifth and final season of the drama series, which is four episodes into its fourth season.

Sources indicated that BET is looking to begin airing one episode per week in primetime as soon as the first quarter next year, with multiple runs for each installment. The Viacom-owned network is expected to put a substantial marketing push behind “Wire.”