T Dog’s Grab Bag: “Live With Kelly” shifts to WLS-TV in 2013

Kelly Ripa is headed to ABC 7 in 2013. (Photo: People.com)

The Jeff Probst Show finally clears Chicago, landing at WBBM-TV

Due to a busy schedule covering and analyzing Upfront Week, there were a lot of notable media stories mentioned in the past week:

– First mentioned in Robert Feder’s Time Out Chicago blog last week, ABC-owned WLS-TV has acquired Live With Kelly beginning in September 2013, falling in line with seven other ABC O&Os who carry the show, hosted by Kelly Ripa. No word on a time period, but it’s speculated Kelly could land at 9 a.m. – the time period local talk show Windy City Live occupies now – or could land in an afternoon slot. As mentioned in Feder’s article, a media blogger named Terence Henderson (yeah, you know the guy) pointed out that since premiering in Chicago in 1990- through many incarnations with Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Ripa, Live! has been on four local stations (with three airing the series at least twice.) This Henderson guy must be very smart… ;-)

– I actually have a big EXCLUSIVE for you. Ok, it’s not big. And it involves Jeff Probst. And I actually stumbled upon this while browsing the CBS Television Distribution website the other day. And only 22 people care. But Jeff Probst’s talk show finally has a clearance in Chicago as WBBM-TV has picked up the show, according to the show’s website. While WBBM has yet to commit to a time period, look for the show to occupy the 2 p.m. time slot, where Judge Judy reruns are now. Probst originally cleared the NBC-owned stations, but both WMAQ here in Chicago and WRC in Washington, D.C. passed on the show because of other programming commitments (WDCA bought the show in the nation’s capital.) In addition to Chicago, the Survivor host’s new show cleared a number of CBS-owned stations, including Boston, Minneapolis, and Denver. The Jeff Probst Show premieres September 10.

– More syndicated news: Entertainment Studios has cleared new sitcoms The First Family and Mr. Box Office in 85 percent of the country beginning in September in a two-hour, primetime weekend block consisting of back-to-back episodes. Stations groups signing on include Tribune, CBS, and Weigel Broadcasting – which means its likely WCIU will carry both shows in a Sunday evening time period, as the station already has compatible shows (Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns and House of Payne.)

– It’s the show that won’t die: CBS has renewed Sony Pictures Television’s Rules Of Engagement for thirteen episodes next season. Starring Patrick Warbuton and David Spade, the time-period utility player will now have a total of 101 episodes – 88 of those episodes will debut this fall in syndication over WCIU in Chicago.

– A local institution in Philadelphia is looking to make a comeback. Tribune Broadcasting’s WPHL has relaunched dance series Dancin’ On Air, which premiered in a Saturday morning time slot on March 31. The original series was a weekday fixture on WPHL from 1981-87 and was picked up by USA Network in 1986 (as Dance Party USA.) The original featured artists before they were stars, including Madonna, Duran Duran, Menudo, Nine Inch Nails, and New Kids On The Block. One of the house dancers on the show was someone named Kelly Ripa (did I mention her before in this article?) Local dance show were common back in the day – American Bandstand started out as a local daily show in Philadelphia in the ’50’s, while Soul Train started as a local strip at Chicago’s WCIU in 1970 – both series expanded nationally and each ran for decades.

The current show, airing Saturdays at 10 am, is co-sponsored by WRDW-FM (Wired) and tapes at The Fuge.