Syndicated Court Show Created By Judy Sheindlin To Launch In Fall 2014

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 10:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

judgejudyDaytime queen Judy Sheindlin is expanding her footprint with a second syndicated court show. Hot Bench, created by Sheindlin, is set to launch in the fall with clearances in 75% of the country. It hails from CBS TV Distribution, which is behind Sheindlin’s top-rated Judge Judy and has a deal with her.  This marks the first time Sheindlin has created a show. Hot Bench has been sold to the CBS Television Stations and stations from Tribune, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cox Media Group and Meredith Corp, among others. The strip will air mostly in afternoon and early-fringe time periods. “Judy Sheindlin has been a very important part of the CBS family for many years, and everyone at our company is excited to launch this new show and bring Judy’s creative vision to the air,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group. Hot Bench, executive produced by Judge Judy exec producer/director Randy Douthit, features a panel of three judges (Judge Patricia DiMango and attorneys Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman) hearing court cases, arguing the merits of the case amongst themselves and rendering a verdict. (The term “hot bench” is used to describe a court where the judge or judges frequently interrupt lawyers’ presentations with questions, often leading to lively exchanges.) “When my husband Jerry and I were in Ireland recently, we visited the courts and watched a three-judge bench, which I found both fascinating and compelling,” Sheindlin said. “I immediately thought what a terrific and unique idea for a television program that brings the court genre to the next level.” Here is more info on the show’s stars: Read More »

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Telepictures’ Hilary Estey McLoughlin Joins Rival CBS TV Distribution As President Creative Affairs

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 3:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Three months after Warner Bros TV brought in former Fox reality chief Mike Darnell in a broad unscripted/alternative role that includes overseeing first-run syndication division Telepictures Prods, Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin has jumped to rival … Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution Taps WWE Exec As SVP Programming & Development

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 4:35pm PDT

The former SVP Creative and Development at World Wrestling Entertainment has joined CBS TV Distribution to develop first-run syndicated programming and oversee current shows, the syndie division said today. As SVP Programming and Development, Eric Read More »

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Judy Sheindlin Inks New Deal With CBS TV Distribution To Host ‘Judge Judy’ Through 2017

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 6:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Judy Sheindlin, host of top-rated daytime show Judge Judy, has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS TV Distribution to continue on the show through 2017. Her previous pact, signed in 2011, Read More »

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‘Judge Joe Brown’ To End Its Run

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 2:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS TV Distribution‘s long-running syndicated court show Judge Joe Brown will end its 15-year run at the end of this season. “Judge Joe Brown will not be returning for another season. We would like to thank Joe for … Read More »

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‘Jeff Probst’ Cancelled After One Season

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 3:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The other shoe has dropped — following Twentieth Television’s decision last week not to renew the Ricki Lake Show, CBS TV Distribution today said that its struggling freshman syndicated talker The Jeff Probst Show will not be retuning for the 2013-2014 season. Original episodes will continue to air through the end of the season. “We believe Jeff is an incredible talent, and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season. Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year. We are grateful to the entire staff, our affiliate partners and advertisers for their ongoing support of The Jeff Probst Show,” a CTD spokesperson said. Added Probst, “I’m super bummed but extremely proud. The truth is all shows come to an end. Ours just ended a decade sooner than we had hoped.” Probst continues of course as longtime host of CBS’ Survivor, which premieres its 26th installment tonight. Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution’s ‘The Test’ Hosted By Kirk Fox A Go For Fall 2013 Launch

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 5:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

With NBCUniversal’s talk show hosted by comedian Steve Harvey emerging as the sleeper syndication talker hit this season, CBS TV Distribution, which struck out with The Jeff Probst Show, is betting on a first-run show starring another … Read More »

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TV TEASER: Syndicated ‘Jeff Probst Show’

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 7:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Here is an exclusive look at the first spot for The Jeff Probst Show, CBS TV Distribution’s upcoming daytime syndicated talk show hosted by the Survivor star. In the spot, which affiliate TV stations will begin airing later this week, Probst refers to his stint on Survivor, which has hosted for … Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution Preps Bobby Flay And Giada De Laurentiis Daytime Talk Show For Fall 2013

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that CBS TV Distribution is finalizing a deal with Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis to develop a syndicated daytime talk show for Fall 2013. The talker is expected to be in the vein of Live With Regis & Kelly and also air live. Shane Farley (Rachael Ray) will executive produce. This is the second high-profile syndicated talk show in the works for fall 2013. Sony TV is working on a show hosted by Queen Latifah and co-produced by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Flay and DeLaurentiis, granddaughter of veteran film producer Dino DeLaurentiis, each have their own shows on Food Network, and both were recently nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards, Flay for Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction and DeLaurentiis for Giada at Home. DeLaurentiis’ show actually scored the most Emmy noms for a culinary program, 5, followed by the most popular food-themed talk show over the past few years, Rachael Ray, which also hails from CBS TV Distribution.

Talks about Flay and de Laurentiis pairing for a syndicated daytime talk show first surfaced at the beginning of the year. The two have been working together as judges on Food Network’s flagship Food Network Star competition reality series series and last week they appeared together in a segment on the Today show (video below). In addition to his TV chef career, Flay is a well known New York restaurateur. The Flay-de Laurentiis show was sold by WME, which reps the duo and Farley. CBS TV Distribution declined comment. Read More »

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Arsenio Hall Tests Syndicated Talk Show Waters

By | Tuesday May 29, 2012 @ 2:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Arsenio Hall Talk ShowBack in the headlines after his recent Celebrity Apprentice win, Arsenio Hall is mulling a return to the late-night syndicated talk show circuit. I hear Hall has been in talks with CBS TV Distribution about a … Read More »

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‘ET’ & ‘The Insider’ Hire PR Executive

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 11:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tracey Raab CBS TV Distribution20th Century Fox TV PR executive Tracey Raab has joined CBS TV Distribution as VP Communications. She will oversee publicity for the company’s flagship entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight and its offshoot The Insider. She will report to John Wentworth, EVP … Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution Picks Up TV Land’s ‘Hot In Cleveland’

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 10:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

With Hot In Cleveland amassing a staggering 54-episode order in only 8 months, the sitcom starring Betty White is headed to syndication. CBS TV Distribution has closed a deal to acquire the exclusive broadcast domestic distribution rights for TV Land’s … Read More »

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AMC Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘CSI: Miami’, Boosting Series’ Renewal Chances

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 12:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

This is an odd pairing — Don Draper and Horatio Caine will now be on the same network! In its first off-network acquisition, AMC, home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, has picked up off-network rights to … Read More »

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Syndication’s “Wild” Day: How Next Fall’s Lineup Fell Into Place Within A Few Hours

Nellie Andreeva

Who said syndication was boring? In one day this week, the usually sleepy industry offered more action that a Michael Bay movie. Wednesday started off with several shows: newbies Jeff Probst, from CBS TV Distribution, Twentieth’s Ricki Lake, Warner Bros’ Bethenny Frankel as well as Warner Bros’ rookie Anderson, vying for a slot on the NBC stations. It ended with Jeff Probst getting the NBC stations, Anderson being renewed on the Fox stations and Ricki Lake landing a key Tribune station that secures its launch. “I don’t remember it being so wild,” one veteran syndication executive said about the Wednesday flurry of activity. “It was like the Wild Wild West — everyone had their guns out and we were shooting at each other.”

After a marathon of presentations by all hopefuls, including the NBC-produced Jenny McCarthy talk-show pilot, it came down to Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake for the spot on the NBC stations. Things were so close, I hear the winner was picked by a vote. The moment the decision to go with Jeff Probst was made yesterday, “the scurrying started, and the other dominoes started to fall,” according to an industry insider. Ricki Lake needed to secure a station in the top TV market, New York City, to keep its hopes of a nationwide launch alive. Meanwhile, Tribune’s New York station WPIX had trouble integrating Anderson Cooper’s new talk show into its lineup of conflict talkers: NBCU’s Maury, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos, and Tribune’s own Bill Cunningham. So WPIX went for Ricki Lake, Anderson moved to Fox’s New York station, and the Fox station group quickly renewed the show for a second season. Read More »

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It’s Official: Jeff Probst’s Talk Show Picked Up By NBC Stations, Cleared In 55% Of US

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 11:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jeff Probst’s Syndicated Daily Talk Show Closing In On Deal With NBC Stations

CBS TV Distribution’s syndicated daily talk show hosted by Survivor‘s Jeff Probst has finalized a deal with the NBC owned-and-operated stations, clearing the strip for a fall 2012 launch. In addition to the NBC Owned TV Stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego and Hartford, Connecticut, the show, titled Jeff Probst, has been sold to stations owned by CBS, Gannett Broadcasting, Post-Newsweek, Belo, Cox Television, Scripps Howard Broadcasting and LIN Television — the station groups that previously carried CTD’s The Oprah Winfrey Show — for 55% coverage of the U.S., including 16 of the Top 20 markets. Read More »

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Jeff Probst’s Syndicated Daily Talk Show Closing In On Deal With NBC Stations

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 2:44pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

I hear that CBS TV Distribution’s syndicated daily talk show hosted by Survivor‘s Jeff Probst is close to a deal with the NBC owned and operated stations, effectively clearing the strip for a fall 2012 launch. The show, which will … Read More »

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Judge Jackie Glass To Replace Nancy Grace On ‘Swift Justice’ For Season 2

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 3:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nancy Grace will be leaving the daytime syndicated show Swift Justice after one season. Las Vegas Judge Jackie Glass will take her place on the show, whose production will be moved from Atlanta, where Grace is based, to Los Angeles. “Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, … Read More »

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Jillian Michaels’ Next Gig: Co-Host On ‘The Doctors’ And Correspondent On ‘Dr. Phil’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Is fitness guru Jillian Michaels the next daytime talk show star? The popular Biggest Loser trainer has signed a multi-year deal to join the daytime syndicated talk show The Doctors as a co-host next season. Additionally, she will serve as a special correspondent on Dr. Phil. Both talk shows are distributed by CBS TV Distribution and executive produced by Phil McGraw. When she announced in December that she would leave The Biggest Loser after the current 11th season, Michaels tweeted that she was planning to “focus on becoming a mommy.” While that is still very much in the cards, Michaels said that she had been open to doing something in the daytime space. Since announcing her exit from Loser, she fielded multiple job offers but immediately sparked to the idea of joining The Doctors, created and exec produced by Jay McGraw, as well as Dr. Phil. “This was an opportunity to do something that I love and help so many people, so I couldn’t possibly pass it up,” said Michaels, who has appeared about a dozen times on The Doctors in the past three seasons. She also relishes the opportunity for “people to see the 360-degree version of me” vs. the somewhat “caricature” character that she plays on Loser, where she is known for being very tough on the contestants. “I will still take a tough-love approach when necessary, but this is a platform that will allow me to have a direct connection with the viewers and provide them with information, motivation and support.” Also appealing to Michaels was the chance to work with Phil McGraw, whom she called “the ultimate mentor” in daytime, especially with Oprah Winfrey leaving the arena later this month. While The Doctors started off as a show for advice from medical professionals, it has evolved, and recruiting Michaels is part of that, Jay McGraw said. “We’re broadening the type of information we are going to provide to viewers,” he said. “Jillian is the best at what she does and has the ability to form an incredible bond with the viewers.” Here is the release announcing Michaels’ new jobs: Read More »

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CBS TV Distribution Signs ‘Judge Judy’ Star Judy Sheindlin Through 2015

By | Monday May 2, 2011 @ 1:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Judge Judy star Judy Sheindlin is already poised to become the undisputed queen of daytime TV when Oprah Winfrey signs off later this month. Now Judge Judy producer CBS TV Distribution has moved in to try extend her reign with … Read More »

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