This is the week most of the new and returning syndicated TV shows debut. That includes “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which has been running promos promising that host Oprah Winfrey will reveal a big secret on today’s show. “I’m so excited, I haven’t slept in days,” Ms. Winfrey said, adding that it has taken several months and hundreds of people to bring the show together. So what’s the secret? We can only guess. It might be the story of seven children from Houston who ended up in a Nigerian orphanage. Last Thursday, a judge ruled they could appear on “Oprah” as early as this week. Or maybe it has to do with the flying lessons she has been taking so that she can fly the airplane she already owns.
While “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is returning, a number of new syndicated shows are making their debuts this week. They include Buena Vista’s “The Tony Danza Show,” Twentieth Television’s “Ambush Makeover,” NBC Universal’s “Home Delivery,” Paramount’s “The Insider,” Warner Bros.’ “The Larry Elder Show” and Sony’s “Life & Style” and “Pat Croce: Moving In.”
The Viacom Television Stations Group breaks out the shrimp and bubbly this week at Lincoln Center in New York as it shares with TV advertising buyers how well the CBS and UPN O&Os are doing. The upfront-like event-featuring stars from shows on CBS and UPN-is part of a roadshow being staged by Viacom stations honchos Fred Reynolds and Dennis Swanson. After New York, the caravan pulls into Los Angeles and Dallas.