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Twentieth TV’s ‘Divorce Court’ Renewed Through 2016-17

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 11:18am PDT

lynntolerdivorceTelevision’s longest-running court show just keeps on going. The syndicated daytime show Divorce Court has been renewed through the 2016-17 season, Twentieth TV and Fox Television stations announced today. The show, currently celebrating its 15th anniversary season, is also set to return on Sinclair television stations. During the recent February sweeps, Divorce Court hit a four-season ratings high; rising +38% versus the comparable sweeps month a year ago (1.8 HH vs 1.3 HH), according to Twentieth TV. Additionally during this sweeps month, Divorce Court hit a seven-year viewer high – averaging nearly 3 million viewers per episode – a +49% increase over a year ago. Judge Lynn Toler presides over the real-life courtroom drama which is produced by Lincolnwood Drive and distributed by Twentieth TV.

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Ricki Lake On Her Return To TV Talk: TCA

By | Saturday July 28, 2012 @ 2:12pm PDT

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Fresh from her second marriage (in April) and a monthlong honeymoon in Spain, Ricki Lake met the critics at TCA in advance of her second go-around in the syndicated daytime talk wars. Twentieth TV’s The Ricki Lake Show joins the battle on September 10, cleared in 99.5% of the country. She’ll be entering a crowded chat market that includes fellow newcomers Katie Couric, Jeff Probst and Steve Harvey. Unlike those three, Lake has been down this road before, having had a mega-successful 11-year run (1993-2004) with her previous daytime talker. Lake began that one at the tender age of 24. Now she’s 43, hardened by life, once-divorced and the mother to two school-age kids. “I really want lightning to strike twice,” Lake said during a lunch panel. “There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of money invested in this show. But I feel like I have more to offer this time. Last time, I was just trying to be Oprah. This time, I’m wiser and more evolved.” Read More »

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Twentieth TV’s ‘Divorce Court’ & ‘Judge Alex’ Renewed Through 2013-14

By | Thursday January 19, 2012 @ 12:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Twentieth Television’s syndicated daytime court shows Divorce Court and Judge Alex have been renewed through the 2013-14 season. For the upcoming season, each program is cleared in 75% of the country, with Fox Television Stations as the flagship station group in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas. Divorce Court and Judge Alex will also continue on Tribune, Sinclair, CBS, Local TV, Belo and Newport owned stations. Divorce Court, starring Lynn Toler, is the longest-running court show. Judge Alex, starring former Miami police officer, attorney and Florida Circuit Court Judge Alex E. Ferrer, is now in its seventh season. According to Twentieth TV, this season Judge Alex and Divorce Court are the only television court programs to deliver three months (October-December) of consecutive growth with household ratings — rising 13% and 14%, respectively. Additionally, in December Judge Alex hit a 41-week high. Court show have been hot fist-run syndication draws over the past few years, led by CBS TV Distribution’s Judge Judy, the top-rated daytime syndicated series. Its star, Judy Sheindlin, has been signed through 2015.

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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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