Some Tribune and Sinclair stations buy daytime show starring former Jerry Springer Show securtity guard for fall 2007 launch.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution today officially announced its new syndicated series starring Steve Wilkos, formerly of the Jerry Springer Show.
The Tribune and Sinclair broadcast stations in the nation’s top markets have already signed on for the show, including Tribune’s WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles, WGN Chicago and WPHL Philadelphia. Sinclair stations signed on for Wilkos’ show include WTTA Tampa, Fla.; WPGH Pittsburgh; WNUV Baltimore; and WLFL Raleigh, N.C.
Wilkos, a former Chicago police officer turned Springer security guard, will now be front and center on his own show, offering advice and doling out his version of justice in his own daily, one-hour syndicated show.
The yet-to-be titled show will be set in front of a live studio audience and taped at WMAQ Chicago. Richard Dominick, who is also executive producer of The Jerry Springer Show and the upcoming The Springer Hustle on VH1, will serve as executive producer on Wilkos’ show, as well.
“Steve’s popularity has grown tremendously over the last decade through his increased role on The Jerry Springer Show and this is the natural next step for him,” says Barry Wallach, president, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. “We also are excited to continue our successful daytime relationship with our station partners at Tribune and Sinclair, where Steve’s new show will seamlessly fit in with both Maury and Jerry.”
A native of Chicago, Wilkos served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then joined the Chicago Police Department where he worked for almost 12 years, while working during his off hours on The Jerry Springer Show. He retired from the police force in 2002, devoting his full time to the show.