Two New Syndicated Series Revolve Around DNA Testing. Plus, New Syndie Show Coming From NBCUniversal? TVNewsCheck
Two new first-run syndicated shows revolve around DNA testing, reports TVNewsCheck. According to the story, "CBS Television Distribution's 'The Test' will feature guests who have DNA and lie detector test results revealed. And MGM Television’s 'Paternity Court' is a half-hour show with lawyer Lauren Lake, who will decide cases based on the results of DNA tests."
The article, by Kevin Downey, continues: "'The Test' is a one-hour talk show from Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions, which produces 'The Doctors.' It will be hosted by comedian-actor Kirk Fox, who has had parts in movies such as 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and TV shows like NBC’s 'Parks and Recreation.'
"On the show, Fox will use DNA and lie detector tests to settle paternity and relationship conflicts among his guests. No launch group for 'The Test' has been announced, although Tribune is considered a likely outlet."
The article also says: "'Paternity Court' is a half-hour show with lawyer Lauren Lake, who has appeared on shows including 'Dr. Phil.' She will decide cases, in part, with the results of DNA tests. ... 'Paternity Court' has been picked up by stations belonging to CBS, Sinclair and Weigel, Cox, Capitol, Meredith, Local TV LLC, Journal and Fisher, according to MGM."
The article concludes: "Elsewhere, sources say, NBCUniversal is said to be developing a new show, possibly as a companion to 'Steve Harvey,' the surprise hit of this season."
The article does not say what the new show might be.