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Enough 'Springer' for All

April 16, 2007 12:00 AM

The spawning has begun. The first of two spinoffs was scheduled to launch Sunday. After 17 years on the air, NBC Universal's long-running strip "The Jerry Springer Show" has bred not one but two new spinoff series for its hardcore fans.

"The Springer Hustle" was scheduled to pop up first on VH1 at 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday. "Springer Hustle" will shift to a regular 11 p.m. Sunday slot on April 22. The backstage series follows the team of "Springer" producers putting together and attempting to control the circus-like atmosphere of the talk show. Among the personalities featured on the series will be Mr. Springer, as well as executive producer Richard Dominick and his team. (In addition, this summer Mr. Springer will host "America's Got Talent" on NBC.)

The other spinoff, of course, is the talk show starring "Springer's" security heavyweight Steve Wilkos, debuting this fall. That strip is cleared on the Tribune station group and in more than 90 percent of the country.

"Going into the 17th season of 'The Jerry Springer Show,' Jerry's popularity continues to grow, which gives me a chance to create new and exciting shows like 'The Springer Hustle' and the upcoming talk show with Steve Wilkos," says Dominick, executive producer for all three shows. "Next season I am planning 'The Bill O'Springer Factor.'"