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Stations Re-Upping An Improved ‘Dr. Phil’

CBS Television Distribution‘s syndicated show, “Dr. Phil” is feeling the afterglow with local stations because of its resurgence in the ratings, according to TVNewsCheck.

“We were more than happy to renew Phil; its ratings have improved,” Randa Minkarah, senior vice president of Fisher Broadcasting, told TVNewsCheck. “The advertisers like Phil, too. It’s a known quantity to them.”

CBS Television Distribution shows “Dr. Phil” averaging a 3.2 household rating giving it a 23 percent lead over its nearest competitor. Read more

FOX Television Stations Commit to ‘TMZ Live’

FOX Television Stations has announced “TMZ Live,” a one hour show that takes viewers inside the TMZ newsroom, will now air on all of its FOX stations.

FOX has been slowly adding the show to its station group since March 2012.  After a test run in the Los Angeles market on KTTV, it soon expanded into Phoenix (KSAZ), Boston (WFXT) Chicago (WFLD), Dallas (KDFW), Detroit (WJBK) and Minneapolis (KMSP). Beginning next Fall, FOX will air the show on its remaining stations including New York (WNYW), Philadelphia (WTXF), Washington, D.C (WTTG), Atlanta (WAGA), Houston (KRIV), Tampa (WTVT) and Orlando (WOFL).

“The distribution roll-out of “TMZ Live” is as unconventional and unique as the show itself,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “This slow approach has translated into a strong and loyal daily audience, time period increases and younger demos.  It’s also created a demand in the markets where the series does not yet air.” Read more

‘Mister Food’ Dies of Cancer at 81

Art Ginsburg, the TV chef who appeared on many local TV stations as “Mr. Food” has died after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg ended every segment where he gave simple cooking recipes for home chefs with his signature, “Oooh!  It’s so good!”

The “Mr. Food” franchise started in 1975 and five years later was syndicated in 9 markets.  In 1982, King World, currently CBS Television Distribution, began national syndication of the segments which are still aired in over 120 markets.

The “Mr. Food” website posted the news to its website saying,

Art’s commitment to anyone-can-do recipes and passion for helping others made him well-loved among his peers and among television viewers and website visitors. He was one of the first television celebrity chefs and paved a road for many who came after him.  His greatest love was for his wife, Ethel, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his daily visit into your homes via the television.

[Jake's DTV Blog]

Scripps Stations Happy With Decision to Drop ‘Wheel’ and ‘Jeopardy’

Scripps Television is standing by its decision to drop syndicated ratings powerhouses “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” from its stations, according to TVNewsCheck.

“There was no scenario where we thought we would immediately replace Wheel and Jeopardy’s ratings,” says Bob Sullivan, vice president of content at Scripps TV station group. “We have to rebuild the time periods. But we’re almost to goal in terms of what we thought we’d be doing — about 88% to estimate and we’re only six weeks into our first year.”

Scripps cut the cord to the two syndicated game shows in seven markets this September and replaced them with two of their own shows, “Let’s Ask America” and “The List.”  But the move may not work for other station groups since Scripps produces both shows. Read more

CBS Television Stations Pick Up ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

CBS has signed the “Queen Latifah Show” to air on all of its 16 CBS owned and operated stations beginning in 2013, according to Deadline.com.

Deadline reported competition was said to be fierce among networks vying for the daytime show executive produced by Queen Latifah, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith among others.

Shortly after the dust settled on this fall’s syndicated daytime talk show launches that failed to produce a breakout hit, Sony TV began conversations with station groups about the Queen Latifah talker, garnering interest from multiples places. I hear negotiations went down to the wire with the CBS and NBC station groups.

VIDEO: WNYW’s Rosanna Scotto Shows Off Her Dance Moves While Co-Hosting ‘Anderson’

WNYW‘s Rosanna Scotto is anchoring two morning shows in New York Friday morning. Scotto, who anchors “Good Day New York” on the Fox O&O in New York City, will co-anchor with Anderson Cooper on his syndicated daytime show, “Anderson,” on Friday (video above).

Scotto showed off her dance moves in the audience before the show. “I want to know why I had to be out here dancing with the audience while you were backstage,” she told Cooper. Read more

‘Bethenny’ Sold to Fox Stations, Slated for National Launch in 2013

Following a six-week trial run on Fox O&Os, Bethenny Frankel’s talk show has been slated for a national syndication launch next year, Fox Television and Warner Brothers announced today.

“Bethenny” debuted in June for a six-week test on Fox O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix and Minneapolis. Across all six markets, the show improved on the previous month by +100% in the A25-54 demographic and by +80% among women A25-54.

“This is what can happen if you put something different in daytime – the ratings prove it,” Frank Cicha, SVP of programming for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement. “Throughout this test, the Bethenny program pushed boundaries, overhauling traditional talk topics with an energy and freshness we haven’t seen in a long time.”

“Bethenny” will debut on 17 Fox O&Os (see a list after the jump) and will be offered to stations in the remaining markets nationwide for a national syndication launch in 2013. Read more

Melanie Woodrow Leaves WAVY for ‘The Doctors’

Melanie Woodrow will be joining the nationally syndicated show “The Doctors” as an investigative reporter.

Woodrow most recently worked at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.  While there she did investigative reports on “Spice”, bath salts and a designer drug called “amped” which were shared with the Virginia Attorney General’s office, helping to change Virginia law.

Woodrow joined the station in 2007.  She previously worked at WHAG in Hagerstown, MD and MSNBC.  See a report that aired on “The Doctors” inside.

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Katie Couric Makes Her Daytime Debut

After more than a year of planning and promoting, Katie Couric‘s syndicated talk show, “Katie,” debuts this afternoon.

“Katie” will air at 3 p.m. in all but two of the top 10 markets. The exceptions are Dallas and Washington, DC,  where ABC affiliates WFAA and WJLA will run “Katie” in the 4 p.m. timeslot, which was vacated by daytime fixture Oprah Winfrey last June.

The eight ABC O&Os — WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN in Fresno — are sticking with a commitment to local newscasts, some of which launched in the wake of Winfrey’s departure, in the 4 p.m. time slot.

Charlotte AM Host Lobbies Anderson Cooper for Job

As if he’s not going to be getting enough lobbying during the convention, Anderson Cooper was put on the spot by WCCB‘s FOX News Rising co-host and staff meteorologist Derek James.

The Charlotte morning anchor openly pitched Cooper, in town for the Democratic National Convention, for a spot as co-host on Cooper’s show “Anderson Live” (video above). Read more

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