NATPE Update

Here is the latest from the NATPE convention in Las Vegas: – The Fox O&Os, as it has been spectacled for the last few weeks, has acquired Warner Bros. new magazine strip, TMZ, for next fall. The program will air locally on both WFLD-TV and WPWR-TV this September. The show is based on the wildly popular entertainment website, which […]

Syndication’s Most Bankable Stars

With the NATPE convention getting underway today, Let’s visit an article TV Week published last week on Syndication’s Most Bankable Stars, picked by a panel of syndication experts. Among the highlights: -Topping the list again is Oprah Winfrey, thanks to her continuing success of new now two- decades old talk show. -Oprah’s spinoff show, Dr. Phil, is number two. -Newcomer […]

Syndication update

– Debmar-Mercury has cleared 85% of the country for the ninth syndicated season of Family Feud, which was previously distributed by Tribune Entertainment. Debmar-Mercury has also recruited Twentieth Television to sell ad time for Feud and off-cable weekly sci-fi hour The Dead Zone. That program has also been sold to 85% of the country, including season two renewals for ABC […]

The CBS name returns to syndication

They’re back. But the new CBS Television Distribution is in the spirit of the old CBS Films, the syndication division of CBS before the government forced the big three networks to rid itself of the lucrative syndication business in 1970 via the financial interest and syndication rules, which ended in 1995. In 1971, CBS spun-off Viacom, and became a very […]


Twentieth Television is bringing back the old game show Sale of the Century — but with a different name. Twentieth cleared Temptation– a new program based on the ’80’s daytime game show on its 10 MyNetworkTv stations covering 24 percent of the country (including WPWR here in Chicago.) The program is produced by FremantleMedia, which owns the rights to the […]

… and Geraldo as well

The ax has fallen on Geraldo at Large, the Twentieth Television-syndicated newsmagazine show that replaced the failed revival of A Current Affair last year. Hosted by Fox News Channel personality and former daytime talk-show host Geraldo Rivera, At Large did well in a few markets like New York, but in many other places, like here in Chicago, the program ran […]

‘Raymond’ TV father dies

Peter Boyle, R.I.P. (1935-2006) He played Frank Barone, a role he was Emmy nominated for eight times on Everybody Loves Raymond. He also won an Emmy for a guest appearance on The X-Files, and appeared in the movies Young Frankenstein, Joe, and Scooby-Doo 2 – Monsters Unleashed. Mr. Boyle passed away Tuesday night at the age of 71. :-(

Megan axed in Detroit

It looks like the beginning of the end for NBC Universal’s The Megan Mulually Show as NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit has canceled the show and is being replaced by Ellen, which moves from 4p.m. to 10a.m. WDIV is launching a new newscast at 4p.m. that will go up against Oprah and will return King World’s Inside Edition to the […]

Tribune Watch: ‘Feud’ switches syndicators

The continuing saga of the Tribune Co. continues to unravel: Fremantle Media, the producer of Family Feud, is dropping Tribune Entertainment as syndicator and is replacing it with Debmar-Mercury, a unit of independent film studio Lionsgate, Inc. effective immediately. It seems this program has been through more syndicators than hosts — John O’Hurley is currently the captain of this ship, […]

More Changes

Change No. 1: NBC resurrects Thursday Must see lineup From 7 to 9 (Central) Thursdays beginning next month, all the network’s comedies will be on one night. Except “Twenty Good Years”. This shitcom, which hasn’t had one good episode, is on indefinite hiatus: No. 2: New Syndicated talk shows shift slots The Greg Behrendt Show and Dr. Keith Albow have […]