Nexstar’s WJMN Marquette, Mich. (DMA 183), announced Thursday, Jan. 20, that it will no longer be a CBS affiliate effective today. It will instead become a My Network TV affiliate. Lilly Broadcasting’s WZMQ Marquette announced a short time later that its ch. 19.2 subcannel picked up the CBS affiliation, also effective today.
MNT’s 16th season, which debuts Sept. 20, expands its partnership with Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television to include Chicago Fire.
In what is perhaps television’s most COVID-19-proof schedule for 2020-21, Fox’s MyNetworkTV is welcoming back an array of off-net staples and adding even more Dateline and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Unlike its corporate siblings at the Fox broadcast network, which is contending with coronavirus on the live sports and primetime fronts, MyNetworkTV has long been rooted in off-net syndicated fare. Seven of its 10 primetime hours a week are derived from uber-producer Dick Wolf, himself a rock of stability in an otherwise fragmenting broadcast landscape.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit shift days in primetime lineup.
The three new entries join the returning Law & Order: SVU and Bones in primetime in September.
In addition to weeknight appearances on the programming service, the classic Fox show has also been cleared for weekend syndication on the Fox Television Stations.
The move renews the programming service for its 11th and 12th seasons.
MyNetworkTV has added Kyra Sedgwick-starrer The Closer to its Wednesday night primetime lineup and shifted AMC’s The Walking Dead to Tuesday nights for its second season on the programming service.
The Walking Dead’s debut on MyNetworkTV Wednesday night scored the best demo premiere for the programming service in six seasons. Versus the year-ago premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent on Wednesday night in the time slot, the AMC zombie drama is up 13% in households (0.9 vs. 0.8) and up 67% in the demo (0.5 vs. 0.3).
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, MNT will begin airing the first four seasons — 67 episodes — of The Walking Dead, the AMC mega-hit. MNT has the exclusive broadcast off-net rights to the drama for at least one season. MNT will also add Warner Bros.’ The Mentalist to its lineup on Oct. 2. It will be the CBS drama’s first airing in broadcast syndication.
Two episodes of The Mentalist will air on Thursdays, joining The Walking Dead as new additions to the program services’ 2014-15 lineup. Not returning this fall are House and Monk.
The programming service’s 2013-14 schedule launches on Sept. 30 and includes the addition of Bones and the return of Law & Order: CI.
Bones and Law & Order: CI to join the primetime lineup while Law & Order: SVU, House and Monk return.
The Monday-Friday network has added former Fox series House, Numbers and USA Network’s White Collar to its fall lineup. They join fellow procedurals Law & Order: SVU, which it has aired for one season, and Monk, which is starting its third season.
New York Says Thank You marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with stories of New Yorkers giving back. The feature film will air on Sept. 10 and 11.
Having reached an impasse with Nexstar Broadcasting on affiliate renewal, Fox has lined up Koplar Communications’ KRBK to replace Nexstar’s KSFX in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Granite Broadcasting’s WISE to replace Nexstar’s WFFT in Springfield, Mo.
CBS-owned independent WSBK Boston will be joining the My Network TV programming service in the coming weeks, according to a knowledgable source. WBIN, licensed to Derry, N.H., is the current MNT station in the market.
Law & Order: SVU and Cold Case join the primetime lineup, while hit cable series Burn Notice returns along with Without a Trace and Monk.
After a shaky start and three format changes, MyNetwork TV can finally relax: Station groups, including the 10 Fox O&Os, have renewed the programming service for three more years.