For the first time since Bozo went off the air in 2001, WGN Chicago will be producing a local weekly entertainment program. This time the funnyman in the spotlight will be WGN Morning News sports anchor and stand-up comedian Pat Tomasulo.
After almost a decade at Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WMAR Baltimore (DMA 26), Chief Meteorologist Wyatt Everhart is stepping down to take on a new position. Effective immediately, Everhart is transitioning into a role as host for a new WMAR lifestyle show for the station’s daytime lineup. He will spend the summer working with producers and […]
Two locally-produced shows on Fox-owned KRIV Houston (DMA 10) are getting more airtime. The Isiah Factor: Uncensored and What’s Your Point?, which have aired one night a week, will now air nightly Monday through Friday, at 10 and 10:30 p.m. effective today. In addition, KRIV’s duopoly sister station, KTXH (MNT), will broadcast a second run […]
Hearst Television-owned independent WMOR Tampa, Fla. (DMA 11), will debut the first in a series of Chronicles focused on noted individuals in Tampa Bay’s business, entertainment and sports industries. The first installment will feature Bill Edwards, St. Petersburg’s entertainment entrepreneur and owner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The premiere episode will be hosted by longtime […]
Fox-owned WTXF Philadelphia (DMA 4) will debut “The Q,” a half-hour local variety/talk show, on Sept. 12. Hosted by the station’s long time Good Day Philadelphia personality and radio DJ Quincy Harris, The Q will be shot daily in front of a studio audience at the Fox 29 Studios in Old City, Philadelphia. Also featured […]
Last month, WBDT, the LIN-owned CW affiliate in Dayton, Ohio, debuted, The Valley, on Sunday nights at 8, a half-hour teen reality show ambitiously produced by the station’s creative services department. The Valley replaced the syndicated sitcom, First Family. Since it starting airing on Sunday, Sept. 14, “The Valley is averaging a 1.0 HH for the 8-9 p.m. hour, which is nearly a 60% increase over the syndicated content that was running in the time period last year,” says Joe Abouzeid, president-GM of WBDT.
The Saturday niight show will debut on Aug. 23 and run through the end of the NFL season. The show will repeat late Saturday on duopoly station KICU and on Sunday mornings on KTVU prior to Fox NFL coverage. Ex-49er Dwight Clark is the host.
While WLS is certain to keep Windy City Live on its weekday schedule at 11 a.m., and WCIU will continue You & Me This Morning at 6 a.m., could there be another locally produced daytime talk show coming to Chicago television this fall? WGN, which already airs 54 hours a week of live local news, is considering jumping into the daily talk show business, too.
CW affiliate WBDT Dayton, Ohio (DMA 64), will be launching a new locally produced reality show called The Valley this fall and will be holding a casting call on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2 p.m. at Sinclair Community College. The Valley will follow five local high school graduates from across the Miami Valley over […]
E.W. Scripps’ new, live 4 p.m. TV show debuting this fall on eight of its stations is ambitious even for the station group that in 2012 replaced CBS Television Distribution’s top-rated Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with its own newsmagazine The List and its MGM-distributed game show Let’s Ask America. The still-untitled show will air […]
The Fox-owned Orlando station on Feb. 28 will debut the half-hour ‘The Cue’ in a six-week test.
Programming legend Fred Silverman believes that TV stations’ future is in their producing their own entertaiment programming. There are opportunities in daytime, primetime (especially Saturday) and on subchannels, he says. “You would be surprised what the local television station can do when they need to do it.”
Fox-owned MNT affiliate WFTC Minneapolis (DMA 15) introduced On the Fly, a one-hour entertainment program featuring Twin Cities radio personality Tony Fly, WFTC traffic reporter Kelsey Soby and former K-Twin producer Dan Edwards. The program is airing weekdays at 11 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. the following morning. Produced by WFTC, On the Fly […]
The station group schedules a third season for its America Now newsmagazine and is working with production company My Tupelo Entertainment to create more shows, including two weekday strips. “Our goal is to raise the bar again for our television stations,” says Raycom CEO Paul McTear. “We want to produce content that we know folks will like and come back to. We want to increase our ratings and advertising.”
Dan Rodricks: “I wish one of the corporations that owns a television station in the Baltimore market would try something new and daring: A complete lineup of locally produced, local-interest reality shows of substance, parochial character and humor. It would improve the outlook for local television, localize the reality format and be a service to the community.”
E.W. Scripps, Cox Media Group and Raycom Media are betting other stations will want to air its syndicated video clip show, in which five TV news vets riff and report on whatever the producers can find of interest on the Web and elsewhere. The mix of news and entertainment is produced as two back-to-back half-hours, giving stations the option of splitting up the episodes into different time slots or buying the show as a single half-hour.
Granite Broadcasting independent KOFY San Francisco (DMA 6) is introducing two new local shows, Dance Party and Carpool Showdown, airing on Sunday nights starting Jan. 9. Back by popular demand, Dance Party, a dance show that aired on KOFY in the 1980’s, is re-launching with a new set, new host and new theme that lets […]
LIN TV CEO Vincent Sandusky joined the chorus of station-group executives suggesting that prices for syndicated programming may have reached an apex. Instead, replacing it with local programming can pull in higher ratings and boost the bottom line with the lower costs. As for off-network sitcoms, Sandusky indicated that syndicators are seeking inflated prices and longer contracts that could outlive a show’s popularity.