NEW SHOWS JOIN CROWDED DAYTIME SCENE
Sunday, September 13, 2009
A doctor leaves his powerhouse pal behind. A popular prime time game show goes daytime. A new season of syndicated shows is about to begin. There are several new shows joining the already crowded daytime scene. Will they be picked up for a second season? Here's an early analysis.
Dr. Oz - He's the doctor in from the Oprah show. You know, the guy who's always wearing his scrubs and pulling organs out of coolers. His new hour-long health/talk show premieres tomorrow on all of the Fox O&O's. His show promises to make your health its number one priority. Dr. Oz says he won't rely on Oprah for his own ratings. We'll see about that. Dr. Oz is the freshman series with the best shot. He's already a household name. He has Oprah's backing. He also has competition from shows like The Doctors. It will be interesting to see if both shows can survive the season.
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? - The popular Fox show is leaving the network for syndication. Starting September 21st, it will be on five says a week. Jeff Foxworthy will remain on as host. Daytime TV is already crowded with game shows like powerhouses like Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Millionaire and the declining Family Feud. Will Fifth Grader be able to stick out in the crowd? It's already proved itself popular at night, so it just needs to find a daytime audience.
Street Court - A few short seasons ago, court shows were all the rage. They got good ratings and were rarely canceled. All that has changed. Daytime became stifled by small claims courts and cookie cutter judges. Last season five shows - Judge David Young, Judge Karen, Cristina's Court, Family Court and Judge Hatchett - were all cancelled. The court show genre is cooling down, but one new show is hoping to shake things up with a format change. Street Court featuring Judge Michael Mazzariello, promises to "deliver daily justice from the scene of the dispute." No stuffy courtrooms here. This judge is going out into the field. Chances of this show making it are slim. It's going to be buried in a sea of other court shows on weaker CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates.
Judge Pirro - Judge Pirro is not new to daytime, but she is new to syndication. The show spent season one on the CW. Last Monday, Judge Pirro entered the challenging world of syndication. Initial ratings were so-so. The show grabbed a 1.1 national rating for its Monday premiere, but slipped to a 0.8 by Wednesday. Judge Jeanine Pirro works for the same reason that Judge Marilyn Milian works on The People's Court. She's got a strong personality and lots of experience to back it up with. Let's hope that more people give this show a chance.
Wendy Williams - The "queen of all media" has left her syndicated radio show to take on the crowded world of daytime tv. Last summer, her show performed well in a six-week test run in several major markets, so it's being launched nationally. Already, ratings aren't so great. She's hovering around a 0.9. One analyst called the show a "one market wonder" because it's doing great in New York City, but floundering every where else. This show is entertaining, like watch a chain-reaction car crash. Wendy will tell you herself that she's a hot mess. She doesn't seem like she's all that comfortable in front of the camera, which has made her fodder for the E! show, The Soup. Based on ratings, like Street Court, the Wendy Williams Show will likely be one and done.
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posted by jc @ 12:17 PM,
- At 9:52 AM, http://www.ehow.com/members/stevemar2-articles.html said...
I was surprised that Judge Hatchett got canceled. I really liked her cases involving out-of-control teenagers.
Street Court is my new favorite court show. I only started watching it about a month ago as I was flipping through channels. I think it is a neat concept to settle cases at the scene of the dispute. It's funny when he calls litigants "huckaleros". I had to look up that word the first time I heard it. Excellent show!
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