‘Central Ave’ Returns This Weekend In 200+ Markets

Following last year’s weekday test, Debmar-Mercury’s syndicated magazine will launch for the full 2020-21 season with two original weekly half-hour episodes.

THE PRICE POINT

The Price Point | Was Ellen Able To Pull It Off?

Hank Price: “I, for one, did not expect Ellen’s initial nervousness and lack of comfort [in her first show of the new season].  The past few weeks must have been far more difficult than anyone imagined.  Instead of naturalness, Ellen had to call on her inner reserves and go into full actor mode. A highly placed executive who is not part of the show told me: “No one looked more relieved than Ellen when it was over.”

Debmar-Mercury Launching ‘Schitt’s Creek’ In Syndication

The comedy and winner of nine Emmys this week will debut in national syndication on Sept. 28.

‘Justice For All With Judge Cristina Perez’ Renewed For Seven More Seasons

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group division Entertainment Studios today renewed its court series Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez for seven more seasons, through fall 2027. Originally launched in September 2012, Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez began airing in its ninth season earlier this month. The daily half-hour syndicated courtroom series has clearances on both […]

‘Tommy’s Garage’ Signs With KZBZ

KZBZ Amarillo, Texas (DMA 132) just cleared Tommy’s Garage, the conservative comedy show. “This is our 10th market,” Tom Adkins, the show’s host and executive producer, noted. “We are expanding deeper into America. We have a 2.9 year-to-date Comscore average at WLFI West Lafayette, Ind., and a 3.3 at WCBI Columbus, Ohio.” So why is […]

Ellen DeGeneres Makes On-Air Apology

The Ellen DeGeneres Show started its 18th season in Los Angeles with the host on stage for the first time in months after taping from DeGeneres’s home during quarantine. There wasn’t a studio audience but a virtual one, with faces beamed in on monitors put in the audience seats. She addressed allegations of a toxic work environment, apologizing for things “that never should have happened.”

Warner Bros. Execs Address ‘Unacceptable Behavior’ At ‘Ellen,’ ‘TMZ’

“I am both concerned and disappointed by public reports regarding patterns of unacceptable behavior that have been raised in recent weeks,” WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar told staff in an email on Thursday. In another memo, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff said she had also “empowered, and will hold accountable, the Studios and Networks HR and Legal teams to act on any issues that are brought to them. These groups are a safe harbor where you can register any concerns.”

Is This The Perfect Time For Drew Barrymore To Launch Her Talk Show?

‘Jeopardy’ EP: Ken Jennings’ New Role Is Not A ‘Tryout’ For Host

Entertainment Studios Renews ‘America’s Court With Judge Ross’ For Seven More Seasons

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group division Entertainment Studios has renewed its court series America’s Court with Judge Ross for seven more seasons. The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. Originally launched in September 2010, America’s Court with Judge Ross begins its 11th season this week. Featuring former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kevin A. Ross, […]

‘In Depth With Graham Bensinger’ Adds 12 Markets

In Depth with Graham Bensinger has added 12 new television markets, bringing the syndicated show’s reach to 169 broadcast affiliates and 11 regional sports networks, reaching nearly 93% of U.S. homes. In Depth with Graham Bensinger, is a nationally syndicated, 30-minute interview program hosted by Graham Bensinger, an Emmy-award winning journalist who travels the world for in-depth […]

‘Dr. Oz’ Renewed For Seasons 13 And 14

The renewal comes as the long-running syndication staple launches its 12th season today.

Barrymore Hopes To Emulate Letterman, Stern

As Drew Barrymore prepares to launch her syndicated talk show, she cites both men who became media stars through their comedy — ironic for Letterman, crude for Stern. Yet each man, as their careers lengthened, became particularly skilled at disarming guests to get beyond stilted “what have you been up to lately” conversations.

‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Returning With New Episodes

Following a months-long coronavirus-imposed production hiatus, the venerable syndicated game show will be back on the air with original episodes beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Among the COVID-related changes: The show’s signature Wheel has been redesigned to allow for six feet of space between host Pat Sajak and each contestant. Additionally, each player is given their own spinning cap — which Sajak has apparently dubbed, “The White Thing.” The cap fits over each spoke so contestants can spin the Wheel without actually touching it.

Leno To Host ‘You Bet Your Life’ For Fox O&Os

Fox Television Stations says this new incarnation of the legendary game show — hosted by Jay Leno — “will preserve the show’s trademark humorous interviews and unpredictable banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx.”

‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Sets Season 18 Premiere

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will return to the Warner Bros. lot sans in-studio audience on Monday, Sept. 21. “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio,” host Ellen DeGeneres said in a statement on Tuesday. “And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”

‘Tamron Hall’ To Get Second Run On OWN

Entertainment Studios To Debut 3 Syndies In Fall 2021

Allen Media Group division Entertainment Studios Television today announced the launch of three new original series from The Weather Channel for broadcast syndication’s 2021 season: Highway Thru Hell, SOS: How To Survive and Top 10. Highway Thru Hell is an hour-long weekday strip, whereas SOS: How To Survive and Top 10 are hour-long weekly series. Highway Thru Hell is the […]

Litton To Syndicate ‘Law & Crime Daily’

Law & Crime Daily, a new first-run daily newsmagazine that examines the day’s most interesting court cases and true-crime events, is set to launch in syndication on Sept. 14, the latest move by entrepreneur Dan Abrams to extend his company’s coverage of legal matters to new media venues. Litton Entertainment and Abrams’ Law & Crime Network are offering the new show

‘Drew Barrymore Show’ Sets Premiere Week Lineup

Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu join Barrymore for a Charlie’s Angels reunion the host with longtime friend and co-star Adam Sandler when the new syndicated daytime show premieres on Sept. 14.

‘Jeopardy’ Return Date Set, Jennings Joins Show

After an unprecedented three-month coronavirus-imposed hiatus, Jeopardy will be back on the air with fresh episodes beginning Monday, Sept. 14. “I feel good, and I feel excited because once again Jeopardy! has demonstrated that it’s at the forefront of television programming,” host Alex Trebek said. “I believe we are the first quiz show to come back on the air in the COVID-19 era.” In addition, newly-minted Jeopardy G.O.A.T. Ken Jennings is joining the show as a consulting producer.

Rachel Lindsay Joins ‘Extra’ As Correspondent

Meredith Vieira Offers Video Tour Of ‘25 Words Or Less’ Set In Her Basement

Meredith Vieira, host of Fox Television Stations’ game show 25 Words or Less, offered viewers a tour of the show’s COVID-ready set in the basement of her home outside of New York City from which she host its upcoming second season.

‘Ellen’ Producer Hints At Stress Of ‘Toxic’ Claims In Cryptic Video

Meredith Stations To Carry ‘People’ Syndie

This fall, Meredith will launch People’s new syndicated TV show across all 12 of its markets. The program, People (the TV Show!), will be co-hosted by Kay Adams and Lawrence Jackson.

‘Young Sheldon’ ViacomCBS Set Syndication Deal

In a rich deal, indie studio Warner Bros. TV has inked a syndication deal with ViacomCBS for Big Bang spinoff prequel Young Sheldon. Under the multiple-year deal, the 1990s-set single-camera comedy from Chuck Lorre will join ViacomCBS-owned Nick at Nite’s syndication lineup in November.

Has Ellen DeGeneres Lost Her Fanbase For Good?

Over the past few years, Ellen DeGeneres’ image as a paragon of kindness has begun to crack. Can fans forgive her after recent toxic workplace claims?

‘The Real’ Adds Garcelle Beauvais As Newest Co-Host

Is ‘Friends’ Becoming The New ‘Star Wars’?

A holiday advent calendar is the latest in a string of licensing deals for the ’90s hit sitcom that could see it build a long-lasting merchandising legacy.

Fire That Tore Through Rachael Ray’s House Began In Chimney

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A fire that tore through celebrity chef Rachael Ray’s upstate New York home started in a fireplace chimney, state officials said Friday. The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control said the August 9 fire at the house in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., was accidental. The blaze sent flames through the […]

Judge Judy Slams Down Gavel In $22M Suit

Just over two weeks after Rebel Entertainment Partners filed a $5 million breach of contract complaint against former Manhattan family court judge Judy Sheindlin and a collection of CBS entities, the small screen judicial heavyweight has instigated a big bucks counteroffensive. That salvo is a more than $22 million declaratory relief, unlawful/unfair business practices and unjust enrichment lawsuit, to be precise.

Three ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ Producers Gone

Executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have “parted ways” with the long-running syndicated daytime series, a spokesperson for producer Warner Bros. said in a statement Monday. An internal company investigation of claims about the show was prompted by a BuzzFeed News report in July based on 36 interviews with ex-staffers, who complained about or said they witnessed improper and unfair treatment.

Former NBC News Anchor Thomas Roberts To Host ‘Daily Mail TV’

‘The Doctors’ Sets New Format, Sole Host

Emmy-winning syndicated talk show The Doctors is getting a major makeover in the coronavirus era. The long-running series will launch with a new format and sole host, Dr. Ian Smith, when it premieres its 13th season on Sept. 21. Production is slated to begin this month.

Rachael Ray And Family Safe After House Fire

CTD Reminds Viewers Why They Love Drew

The Barrymore-hosted talker to debut live on Sept. 14 despite COVID-19. Going live wasn’t in the show’s initial plans, but that changed. Like all other talk shows in the age of COVID-19, there won’t be an in-studio audience, only a minimal crew adhering to strict safety procedures.

Crews Fight Fire At House Of Rachael Ray

THE PRICE POINT

The Price Point | Will Ellen Survive? Bet On It

There’s little chance that either Ellen DeGeneres or Warner Bros. will walk away from a staple of daytime TV that has flourished for almost two decades. Look for a carefully-orchestrated mea culpa and a triumphant return — she’s too good an actress for any other outcome.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Is ‘Ellen’ Over? Not Likely, At Least Now

Ever since allegations about mistreatment of staffers by her producers surfaced last month, questions have swirled about the future of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a staple of daytime syndication since 2003. Which heads will roll? Will she quit? Is the show even returning this fall? And if she leaves, who might replace her?

The Downward Spiral Of Ellen DeGeneres’s Public Persona: A Complete Guide

Last week, a pair of BuzzFeed articles alleged a toxic work environment on her daily talk show, as well as allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by producers. Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation. If you’re curious about how things got to this point, here’s a guide to how DeGeneres’s public persona went from the “new Queen of Nice” to even fellow celebrities calling her out for treating people “horribly.”