"Dr. Oz" heads to WFLD

It’s a home run by the Wizard!

Sony Pictures Television had the heart, the courage, and the brains – to clear Harpo Productions’ new syndicated Dr. Oz in fourteen markets, including Fox-owned WFLD-TV in Chicago.

No word yet on a time period, but the program could wind up in a late morning time slot, possibly as a lead-out of The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, or even an early afternoon slot on sis station WPWR-TV.

The show stars Dr. Memhet Oz, whose appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show boosted her program’s ratings every time he’s on.

This is Harpo’s first production with another syndicator outside CBS Television Distribution and predecessor King World, where Oprah Winfrey has been with since the launch of her talk show in 1986. CBS launched a similar program in The Doctors two weeks ago. The program is produced by Jay McGraw, who is the son of Dr. Phil McGraw – whose made appearances on Oprah prior to 2002, when he got own his talk show – co-produced by Harpo.

In addition to WFLD, Sony cleared the show on Fox’s New York (WNYW/WWOR) and Los Angeles stations (KTTV/KCOP) as well, and eleven other stations in the top twenty markets.

Oz marks the first project for fall 2009 to officially announce station clearances.