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  1. Even if I were to agree or not with Dr. Oz on the issues, if I were a station manager dropping his show would be justified. The last thing any station would want to have on their watch is the appearance of partiality towards one candidate in such a critical race - and certainly an open U.S. Senate seat in a penultimate swing state (one that called the ENTIRE presidential election for Trump in 2016 and for Biden in 2020) fits that category to a T. Of course, his fans in New York City may complain over WNYW's decision to drop him all because of exurban Pike County, but bucolic Shohola Falls folks are just as entitled to have a say amongst the voters and is as much an informed electorate as the likes of Brooklyn, Westchester, Paramus and Long Island, and the last thing Dr. Oz's opponents want - whether it's a former US Ambassador to Denmark under Trump (Carla Sands), an unconventional, gritty Lieutenant Governor under Wolf (John Fetterman), a rightish businessman from the Philadelphia suburbs (Jeff Bartos) or a leftish baby-faced congressman from outside Pittsburgh (Conor Lamb) - is for their right to a fair and level playing field to be undermined over whatever free airtime Dr. Oz would have gotten had his show been allowed to continue airing in PA and beyond, especially given that one of the candidates recently dropped out in the wake of a domestic abuse case and custody dispute rolled into one giant burrito. At least until The Good Dish goes into production and begins airing, every station that carries Dr. Oz needs to find a way to fill the time slot, even if it means throwing on Sinclair must-runs, TEGNA's Daily Blast Live, Shepherd's Church out of Arkansas, ancient I Love Lucy tapes collecting dust, or even random infomercials from Cindy Crawford, Emeril Lagasse or that Sam Davis guy from Humana. As for outside of PA, the need for replacements is not as dire, but it's hard to imagine the schedules not changing anywhere Dr. Oz is on the air. In Houston, KRIV has him on at 1:00pm with a repeat on KTXH the following day (or Monday if it's a Friday show) at 8:00am before The 700 Club. The onus would especially be on stations like KRIV and other Fox O&Os like WNYW, not only because of the obvious media exposure Dr. Oz is going to get on Fox News, but also given the history of some of Fox's stations (including WWOR, which itself was subjected to intense FCC scrutiny due to the impropriety-ridden RKO General scandal of yore) with regards to equal airtime and fairness provisions. It's not even the biggest headache going for them - KRIV also carries Wendy Williams at 10:00am, and there's no telling whether or not her show goes on given her own health issues there. Throw in Extra (whose host Billy Bush is from the politically (in)famous family with Houston ties) at 12:30pm, Judge Judy now relegated to highly-rated reruns at 4, the fallout from Ellen leaving the air (and however those effects go beyond KHOU) and Kelly Clarkson potentially going to KPRC next year depending on whether or not Graham breaks up and whether or not KPRC becomes an NBC O&O, and it's fair to say KRIV is going to have its hands full going forward. Expect a very busy and productive January in Miami at NATPE.
  2. I'm referring to the possibility that if KHOU ends up with new owners, that could be carte blanche for KTRK to go after Wheel of Fortune and dump the 6:30 half of its hourlong news. That's what I forgot to mention, especially if CMV begins to demand full carriage on all of ABC's O&Os. I do recall Fox almost made a play to acquire Merv Griffin's two game shows for its O&Os; if not for CMV's desire for "stability" with the game shows, they would have been gone to its O&Os even though that wouldn't have been likely because of Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition.
  3. Wheel may not even be on KHOU next depending on what happens to the station regardless of whether or not they report to Soo Kim or Byron Allen next fall. It's also important to note that KTRK's 6:30 p.m. newscast was a byproduct of a bygone era in Houston TV when it dominated the airwaves with Dave Ward, Marvin Zindler, Ed Brandon and Bob Allen. Now all of them sans Ward have gone up to the newsroom in the sky, and other stations have taken the #1 crown from them many times over since the 90s. And Wheel (along with KTRK airing Jeopardy! at 11:30 a.m., thinking this is 1974 all over again) isn't even remotely the only CMV property with issues in Houston. When KUBE's owner dropped the ball on everyone and decided to program home shopping 24/7, a lot of the lower-hanging fruit in CMV's portfolio became collateral damage. Drew Barrymore is now airing at 2 a.m. followed by Daily Mail TV (which got bumped due to KIAH picking up Young Sheldon reruns), while The Doctors, Hot Bench and Rachael Ray appear to have disappeared from Houston airwaves along with reruns of Seinfeld and first-runs Right This Minute and Access Daily. While it is safe to say most of these shows will likely disappear from the air next fall given their ratings, some do wonder if these shows' struggles can be easily resolved by filling whatever holes exist in a key market where a noncommittal owner (Richard French) left syndicators holding the bag. Or if you have to go to court like CMV's predecessor did dealing with past delinquent hosts like Equity and Roberts circa the Great Recession. What is going to be interesting is who will replace Ellen on KHOU at 3 p.m. between Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and perhaps even Dr. Phil as a lead-in to their 4 p.m. news.
  4. I do know that many NBC affiliates (including several TEGNA ones) air Your Move with Andy Stanley (whose father is none other than In Touch host Charles Stanley) following SNL, along with select CBS O&Os after James Corden's usual Friday repeat. Yes, he is a megachurch pastor like his father, but it feels more like a self-help/motivational speaking type of ministry program with a night vibe of sorts, and certainly neither like his father's more traditionalist program nor the sort of "fire and brimstone" stuff on the "pay-for-pray" channels that would never make it to air on a secular network affiliate let alone after "those demonic late night shows". I also know that KHOU and other CBS affiliates - O&O and affiliated - have usually competed with SNL as of late with serial reruns from CBS (which is famous for warehousing its serials for long runs that can be sold into syndication for barter advertising profits). Though in the 1990s they did program the standard issue weekend repeat of Jeopardy! and Siskel & Ebert (which I recall KHOU broke into by way of CBS News to announce the death of Princess Diana), as well as reruns of "Must See TV" staple ER to compete against SNL locally. It now airs reruns of SEAL Team and Bull from CMV + Murdoch Mysteries via CBC's global syndicator on late night weekends. (For those keeping score, KTRK routinely broadcast movies on the weekends well into the 2000s - it now carries reruns of Wipeout and Castle, plus a weekly Houston Texans newsmagazine on the weekends that's not much to write home about given their current team barely qualifies for middle school football.)
  5. They would have to find a new host though...Dan Abrams just signed a content deal with TEGNA through his Law & Crime venture.
  6. I can actually see where Disney acquires FoxCorp (they already market Disney properties during 9-1-1, Tucker Carlson and NFL broadcasts) and sells off virtually all of the assets that were previously Capital Cities/ABC to Hearst. Hearst would then ask for a temporary cross-ownership waiver to keep the San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle (which actually launched KTRK along with KTRH radio) while it lobbies the FCC to repeal the cross-ownership ban (which IMHO is an outdated rule that has no relevance in today's media environment). There even exists a possiblity (as has been bandied about many times) that Hearst could even sell the newspapers. This would mean that Hearst would have total control over ESPN, A&E and Lifetime, which would allow them to further integrate their cable nets and ABC without corporate red tape...in other words, get ready for occasional Lifetime movies and Live PD specials on ABC in addition to the various ESPN crossovers to ABC including a potential move of Monday Night Football back to ABC (where it should have remained). It does not necessarily mean Hearst would have to sell its non-ABC stations though...I could actually see Hearst keeping WBAL and flipping it to ABC since they've owned that station from the very beginning...1948 to be exact, which would make selling WBAL too bittersweet for Hearst to do just to buy a major broadcast network. They really could care less if Scripps objects since it is a major ABC affiliate group, WMAR is not a very strong performer for ABC and Scripps already owns a number of NBC stations including WTMJ and WPTV. Not to mention the fate of Hearst's indie station in Tampa, WMOR, which either could be sold to Scripps and paired with their ABC station WFTS or paired with WFTS should Scripps flip it to Hearst in exchange for some non-ABC Hearst stations like KCRA/Sacramento and WESH/Orlando. Also, ABC has nowhere near the O&O gravitas that CBS, Fox and NBC have (albeit inflated by Telemundo in the latter), so if they're going to boost the distribution of its Localish diginet and potentially others as well, making a major play for O&Os could be the smart thing to do. And if Warren Buffett wants to get involved with his money like he did when CapCities swallowed up ABC with a (giant) big gulp and flipped two of their CBS affiliates to ABC, he might even dangle WPLG as a carrot to the stick, which would make Miami a five-O&O market (including the two Spanish behemoths based in Miami). That is what the course of action should be, but it's just my two cents. Capeesh?
  7. Not quite, at least according to the Doctors' website: Atlanta (WUPA): WUPA @ 8:00a Baltimore (WJZ): WMAR @ 9:00a Boston (WBZ/WSBK): WHDH @ 1:00p (2:30a repeat) Chicago (WBBM): WCIU-DT2 @ 1:00a Dallas (KTVT/KTXA): KTXA @ 10:00a Denver (KCNC): KCDO @ 1:00a Detroit (WWJ/WKBD): WXYZ @ 10:00a Los Angeles (KCBS/KCAL): KCOP @ 3:00p Miami (WFOR/WBFS): WBFS @ 8:00a Minneapolis (WCCO): WUCW @ 1:30a New York (WCBS/WLNY): WLNY @ 8:00a Philadelphia (KYW/WPSG): WPSG @ 9:00a Pittsburgh (KDKA/WPCW): Not airing here apparently Sacramento (KOVR/KMAX): KMAX @ 1:00p San Francisco (KPIX/KBCW): KRON @ 11:00a (3:00a repeat) Seattle (KSTW): KOMO @ 1:00a Tampa (WTOG): WTTA @ 10:00a None of the CBS O&Os are carrying it, while 6 CW O&Os, including five in duopoly markets with the sixth being CW-only Atlanta, are airing it (with three competing against CBS This Morning). Strangely, WXYZ is carrying the show in Detroit as a lead-in to The View, while a third-string independent station in the Denver market (KCDO) is carrying it there. It's not even on the air in Pittsburgh, apparently. Suffice it to say, I don't see The Doctors lasting past 2020, but the timeslots are nothing to write home about either. Timeslots do matter since Kelly Clarkson is doing well as an NBC-distributed property (it was even advertised on at least Week 1 of Football Night in America!). Certainly a much larger distributor like CBS would do the same for Drew Barrymore, who had become a star child actress when Kelly Clarkson was in diapers. Then again, whether or not it airs on a CBS property is moot since Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have been on ABC O&Os for most of their runs and ET was actually on WABC in New York and KNBC in LA in the 80s. But since it's apparent the CBS O&Os will be carrying Drew Barrymore, something will have to give. If not Dr. Phil, the courtroom shows could move over to the junior CW stations, or at least drop their second airings to accommodate her talk show.
  8. Final updates from Houston: * It's official at KIAH: Mel Robbins WILL be airing at 3:00 am. Rather wasteful that Maury will have two runs in the afternoon but unsurprising since while Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall getting shafted elsewhere (looking at you Atlanta and Miami!) is shocking, nothing changes the fact that folks will be asking "Who the hell is Mel Robbins? A big band conductor?" when asked about the motivational speaker. If it were a Tony Robbins talk show - hot coals worthy of an ER trip and all - getting treated this way, it would be far more ludicrous than what KIAH is doing to poor Mel Robbins. At least the afternoon Trash TV block's main cash cow in the traffic department (personal injury trial lawyers) will now have to run disclaimers during their ads thanks to a new Texas law that just took effect. * As for the Friends reruns Mel Robbins will be replacing? They will be moving apparently to a 2pm-6pm block on KIAH Saturday afternoon. Encouraging malicious binge watching and raising speculation about the on-again, off-again Friends revival/reunion. * TMZ moves to 6:30 pm on KRIV, cutting Modern Family's rerun count to one per night at 6:00 pm and sending the other to sister station KTXH at 9:30 pm, and we now know 25 Words or Less will air as a double run at 11:00 pm following KRIV's two hours of local news, the last half hour of which is hosted by a popular anchor known for catching a live grasshopper during a stand-up. And no more late night infomercials either: asides from Access at 12:00 am, there will be reruns of Dish Nation, TMZ, Access, Wendy Williams and Dish Nation and TMZ again leading into the six hours of local morning news KRIV airs from 4:00 to 10:00 am. * KTXH will have a double run of Personal Injury Court at noon, shuffling reruns of Chicago PD to 8:00 am, Dateline to 10:00 am, and Judge Judy to 11:00 am (The 700 Club will still air (live from Virginia Beach?) at 9:00 am at least until Nexstar completes its acquisition of KIAH and, given their recent business ties to Pat Robertson's bread-and-butter, possibly pry it from KTXH's cold, dead hands). The afternoon lead outs will be double runs of Live PD: Police Patrol (reruns) at 1:00 pm, Caught in Providence at 2:00 pm, Divorce Court at 3:00 pm and America Says (also reruns) at 4:00 pm. And yes, there will be two hours of Family Feud from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. * Protection Court will air a double run at 1:00 pm on KUBE, replacing the canceled Face the Truth. * And finally, while not a syndicated show, KPRC will still delay NBC's late night endcap by a full hour - at least until the Graham family cashes out and NBC swoops in to pair it with Telemundo O&O KTMD. A Little Late with Lilly Singh may have replaced Last Call with Carson Daly, but an ET rerun and Celebrity Page remains in the hour following Late Night with Seth Meyers.
  9. KSNV in Las Vegas tried that for a while, and Sinclair abandoned it as soon as they took over. It also did not work in Houston with a station called KNWS. They eventually started scaling back their news programming sometime after the O.J. Simpson trial ended, began picking up syndicated shows, Astros games and whatever daytime shows KPRC rejected, and dropped news altogether by 1999. They are now an Azteca America station called KYAZ.
  10. Actually, Luling is in Caldwell County which is part of the Austin market. Yes, it's pretty darned close to Seguin and New Braunfels, but Caldwell is right next to Bastrop and Hays counties which are home to growing suburbs of Austin filled with tech managers. KEYE will have her on at 4:00 pm.
  11. WWJ has to be one of the WORST run TV stations in the country. Especially for a major network O&O in a major market. Wouldn't be shocked if Viacom gets serious with its Detroit cluster once they takeover, because I can guarantee you Viacom isn't going to be comfortable with running essentially two independent stations. They will have to really try hard with creating a credible news product that is sustainable. (I know, they may have failed a couple of times in the past, but still...)
  12. According to what I have seen on TitanTV, here's what I know for weekdays in Houston: KPRC (Ch. 2/NBC) * ExtraExtra appears to still be on KPRC, even though the Fox O&Os have for the most part picked it up. They're still airing at 4:30 pm but apparently will now be airing at 12:30 pm in place of Funny You Should Ask. KHOU (Ch. 11/CBS) * No significant changes. They've been advertising Ellen DeGeneres's new season all summer long, and she's still airing at 3:00 pm. KTRK (Ch. 13/ABC) * Tamron Hall will air at 1:00 pm, replacing Jeopardy! which moves to 11:30 am (cutting the 11 am Eyewitness News in half) and the now-canceled Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and will rerun again at 12:07 am following Nightline along with Inside Edition (which will first run at 3:30 pm) at 1:07 am. Right This Minute is officially off the schedule. KTXH (Ch. 20/Ind.) (MyNetworkTV is NOT a network anymore) * 25 Words or Less is not officially listed anywhere, but I have to assume it will probably replace one of the two hours of Family Feud that airs on KTXH. The website says 6:00 am on either KTXH or KRIV except KRIV has its morning news and that hour on KTXH is surrounded by infomercials. Other than that, the schedule remains unchanged with the same block of afternoon repeats of what's on KRIV earlier in the day. KRIV (Ch. 26/Fox) * The Kelly Clarkson Show will air at 3:00 pm in place of Steve Harvey's dearly departed talk show. KIAH (Ch. 39/CW) * Judge Jerry will air a double run of half-hours at 9:00 am, replacing True Crime Files. * Mel Robbins does appear to be headed to 3:00 am as its site suggests, even though it won't be on air for another week until 9/16. There are still two runs of Maury at 1:00 and 4:00 pm, which seems rather wasteful. (Who really needs to watch a bunch of Trash TV surrounded by diploma mills and ambulance chasers?) KUBE (Ch. 57/Ind.) * Big changes from 4:00 to 9:00 pm, with a double run of Family Guy at 4:00 pm, a double run of Bob's Burgers at 5:00 pm, and Access Daily coming on at 6:00 pm. The Cleveland Show, American Dad! and King of the Hill appear to be off the schedule. Rachael Ray will now come on at 7:00 pm followed by The Doctors at 8:00 pm. A double run of Right This Minute continues at 9:00 pm, and a double run of Funny You Should Ask will now air at 2:00 am. No word yet on Protection Court, Personal Injury Court or America Says...
  13. I don't think Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy! are supposed to be competing against one another, just like Dr. Phil wasn't supposed to compete against Oprah until the latter went off the air. I do see a situation where KTRK could move Jeopardy! to 6 p.m. followed by Wheel of Fortune, and then move its 6 p.m. newscast over to their second digital subchannel, which would be a new independent station of sorts to replace the zombie Live Well Network. And that's another thing...ABC could see enormous potential converting their .2 channels (all airing the dead Live Well programming) to independent stations carrying morning and primetime newscasts to compete against the Fox stations, local sporting events (such as high school football on KTRK and ESPN3 college sports simulcasts) and both ABC network reruns (e.g. Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy) and Disney/ABC syndicated shows that have seemingly struggled to gain clearance against the infamous syndication warehouse that is CBS (which always seems to harvest their shows beyond shelf life for syndication $$$).
  14. And now The Mel Robbins Show is being pegged to air in Houston on KIAH at 3:00 AM...You mean 3:00 PM, Sony? Assuming the "3:00 AM" is a typo, looks like Nexstar is really wanting Tribune's CW stations to dump the dormant "CW Daytime" hour of Ye Olde Jerry Springer Show.
  15. Wait, is The Doctors still on? To go from a major network affiliate in Houston (KHOU?) to its lowest-rated independent station (KUBE) and still persist to this day makes you wonder how they keep the lights on over there... Rather surprising that it even continued to persist on a major network affiliate in Detroit (one that used to be an actual O&O) even as its share of the ratings dropped.
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