New weekend off-network hours that are making the rounds for syndication in 2008 have cleared Chicago stations.
Boston Legal, the Emmy-award series from Twentieth Television, has cleared WLS-TV in Chicago for weekend runs next fall, as well as fellow ABC O&O’s in Los Angeles (KABC), San Francisco (KGO), and Houston (KTRK). Other stations clearing the hour include Scripps’ WXYZ-TV in Detroit, NBC-owned KXAS-TV in Dallas, and Washington’s WJLA-TV.
Meanwhile, a Weather Channel series called Storm Trackers from Litton Syndication has cleared WGN-TV in Chicago. Stations buying the show have the option of incorporating their local meteorologist into the program as hosts. Which means that Tom Skilling, the WGN meteorologist, may be the host of Storm Trackers here in the Chicago area (which is likely the case since his weather reports bring in huge ratings nightly for WGN’s newscasts.)
Storm was also picked up by stations in Los Angeles (KCBS/KCAL), Atlanta (WSB), Tampa (WTSP), and Phoenix (KPHO).