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‘Wilkos’ Renewed in 85% of U.S.

NBC Universal’s “The Steve Wilkos Show” has been renewed for a second season in more than 85% of the U.S for the 2008-09 season.

"With more than a decade of daytime experience, Steve has built on that success and his show has done a great job of complementing stations’ already existing daytime lineups," Barry Wallach, president of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, said in Wednesday’s announcement.

Among stations renewing the show are Tribune stations WPIX-TV in New York, KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, WGN-TV in Chicago and WPHL-TV in Philadelphia; Sinclair stations WTTA-TV in Tampa, Fla., WNUV-TV in Baltimore, WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio, and WLFL-TV in Raleigh, N.C.; and Fox-owned stations WFTC-TV in Minneapolis and KUTP-TV in Phoenix.

“Wilkos” is hosted by the former head of security on “The Jerry Springer Show.” It’s part of an NBCU daytime syndicated programming roster that includes “The Jerry Springer Show,” “The Martha Stewart Show” and “Maury.”