One thing is clear: A lot of veteran syndicated programs (Oprah, Wheel, Rachael Ray, People’s Court, etc.) are sold well into the future – for the next four or five years, which makes it harder for new shows to get on the air. Meanwhile, the future of Twentieth Television’s Temptation and Program Partners’ Merv Griffin’s Crosswords are in very serious doubt, with the NBC O&Os expected to drop the latter show., while Debmar’s new Trivial Pursuit is expected to replace Temptation on many large market Fox-owned My Network TV stations.
The convention is a chance for small syndicators to shine – and sell. Telco Productions for one, returned to handling distribution of its own programs, taking over from now-shuttered Tribune Entertainment, which previously handled the job for them (Tribune will continue with ad sales for the shows.) Telco syndicates weeklies Animal Rescue, Missing, and Dog Tales.