NATPE News

The latest from the convention:

WCIU picks up Judge Penny: Independent WCIU-TV in Chicago picks up its first-ever syndicated program from Program Partners by acquiring the company’s new first-run courtroom strip Family Court with Judge Penny. The program has cleared 70 percent of the country, including Fox-owned stations in New York and Los Angeles. Additional clearances include CBS/CW stations in Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta (WUPA), Seattle (KSTW); and Norfolk (WGNT); WMYD-TV in Detroit; WRBU-TV in St. Louis; WDJT/WMLW in Milwaukee; and WIAT in Birmingham.

WGN renews Wilkos for second season: As expected, NBC Universal’s The Steve Wilkos Show has been renewed for a second season in 85 percent of the country, with Tribune stations WGN-TV in Chicago, WPIX in New York and KTLA in Los Angeles on board, along with Fox’s WFTC in Minneapolis and KUTP in Phoenix; plus Sinclair’s WNUV-TV in Baltimore, WLFL-TV in Raleigh-Durham, WTTA in Tampa, and WTTE in Columbus, Ohio. WLVI-TV in Boston has also renewed the show.

Canada’s Global gets Doctors: Global Television, Canada’s “third network”, has acquired the rigths to air The Doctors from CBS Paramount International Television. Global plans to slot the Dr. Phil spin-off in a daytime slot. The show is produced by Jay McGraw, who is Dr. Phil McGraw’s son.

The Doctors premieres this fall in the U.S. in syndication, and is slotted at 5 p.m. locally over WCIU-TV. The Doctors is not related to the 1963-82 NBC daytime soap opera of the same name.

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