Breakthrough With Dr. Steve Perry, distributed by CBS Television Distribution, is set to launch on Jan. 7, 2019, on eight Fox O&O, in a two-week test.
Megyn Kelly may have flamed out spectacularly in NBC’s 9 a.m. time period, but that has not torched the daytime TV landscape for high-profile talent. New entries featuring Mel Robbins, Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and RuPaul are all in the works. Even former Trump White House aide Sean Spicer is in the very early stages of developing a daytime talker with syndicator Debmar-Mercury. But the road to daytime traveled by the current wave of incoming talent is littered with bodies.
Less than a week after its on-air talent renewed their contracts, syndicated game show juggernauts Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy have been renewed through the 2022-23 season. Host Pat Sajak and letter-turner Vanna White will keep Wheel spinning, while Alex Trebek contiues to have all the Jeopardy answers. The three-year renewals will take Wheel through its 40th season and Jeopardy through its 39th.
Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Broadcasting have teamed for a syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Mel Robbins. The one-hour show is sold in over 31% of the country and is slated to debut in fall 2019.
Armando Nuñez assumes an expanded role overseeing all CBS content licensing, domestic syndication and international distribution.
Producers Sony Pictures Television are making the most (financially) out of Jeopardy. Netflix announced Monday that it has acquired 45 library episodes of the Alex Trebek-hosted quiz show, which will be available to stream for the first time on the service starting Tuesday. The announcement follows an August deal that Sony Pictures TV made with Hulu for 60 episodes of the syndicated game show.
Phil McGraw, host and executive producer of Dr. Phil, has signed a new deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue the show through 2023. The extension adds three years onto McGraw’s current deal and will take the daytime talk show through its 21st season.
Springer, 74, will host a new syndicated daytime courtroom show called Judge Jerry. The series, produced by NBCUniversal, will handle small-claims cases, sources say. It’s targeted to premiere next fall, following the 28th and final season of Springer’s over-the-top daytime program, The Jerry Springer Show.