WCIU upgrades "Insider", "King of Queens"

WCIU-TV has upgraded CBS’ entertainment magazine (and ET/Hard Copy clone) The Insider and Sony’s off-network King of Queens into access.

The moves are being made so WCIU can become more competitive with other stations in town, as WGN-TV is ready to roll out Family Guy and Two And A Half Men this fall, and Everybody Loves Raymond shifts to WFLD-TV and/or WPWR-TV in access next spring.

WCIU itself picks up the second syndication cycle of That’s ’70’s Show in 2008.

Starting this week, The Insider moves from 5 to 6 p.m. and King of Queens shifts from 10:35 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Don’t worry, Bart. You can still watch The King of Queens at 10.) Meanwhile, The Insider’s second run moves to 10:30 p.m. from 7 p.m. (Is a second run even necessary? It’s repulsive watching it the first time around.)

The moves sends the recent access occupants, Girlfriends to 5 p.m. and The Bernie Mac Show to 7 p.m. (subject to preemptions from White Sox games.)