“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.”
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Former Philadelphia meteorologist, John Bolaris went on “Dr. Phil” with fiancee Erica Smitheman to talk about everything from the loss of his job at WTXF, to the media coverage of his run-in with a Russian crime ring in 2010, and the more recent controversy over philly.com posting a naked picture of Smitheman.
A portion of the interview can be found on philly.com. Most notably, Bolaris repeated his assertions, despite what The Philly Post reported, he did not defecate in his pants during what many are calling his “real-life Hangover” after being drugged and swindled out of $43,000.
“Just before I’m getting out there to testify,” Bolaris told Dr. Phil. “I get a voicemail from this particular reporter saying, ‘You have thirty minutes to respond that you defecated in your pants and we’re going to run with it. You have thirty minutes to respond.’ And I can’t respond,” added Bolaris. “He ran with it. And that was the headline he ran with. That John Bolaris ‘blanked’ himself.” Read more
Miami ABC-affiliate WPLG is returning local news to its 5 p.m. time slot.
After scrapping its 5 o’clock newscast in favor of “Dr. Phil” a few years ago, the Post-Newsweek station is set to debut a new 5 p.m. show on August 22nd.
In a recent phone conversation with TVSpy, WPLG vice president and general manager Dave Boylan said the programming shift comes down to dollars and cents.
“5 p.m. newscasts make sense given today’s economy,” Boylan said. Read more
In the interview (a segment of which is posted above), Williams explains why he decided to leave rehab–a move that left many wondering if he would be able to take advantage of his much-publicized second chance.
Williams told Revish that his trip to rehab, which was orchestrated and promoted by Dr. Phil, was a “scripted circus.” Ultimately he felt that he could receive better treatment elsewhere. He says that he’s now enrolled in an outpatient program in Los Angeles.