King World has renewed the syndicated talk strip “Dr. Phil” through the 2008-09 season on stations representing 80 percent of the country, King World CEO Roger King announced last week. Stations that have signed on represent all top 20 markets: WCBS-TV in New York, KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, WBBM-TV in Chicago, KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WBZ-TV in Boston, KRON-TV in San Francisco, KTVT-TV (Dallas), WRC-TV (Washington), WXIA-TV (Atlanta), WWJ-TV (Detroit), KPRC-TV (Houston), KING-TV (Seattle), WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.), WCCO-TV (Minneapolis), KTVK-TV (Phoenix), WKYC-TV (Cleveland), WPLG-TV (Miami), KCNC-TV (Denver), KMAX-TV (Sacramento) and WKMG-TV (Orlando, Fla.). Station groups that have picked up “Dr. Phil” include Viacom, Post-Newsweek, Hearst-Argyle, Belo, Emmis, Meredith Broadcasting Group, Media General, Cox, Young and Freedom. In addition, the show will move from WVUE-TV to WWL-TV in New Orleans in fall 2006. At that time, the show also will move in Charleston, S.C., from WSAZ-TV to WOWK-TV. “Dr. Phil” is produced by Paramount Domestic Television, distributed by King World Productions and created by Harpo Productions.
Turner Negotiates Rights to `Ed’
Turner Broadcasting is negotiating to buy the rights to “Ed” from NBC Universal Studios. If the transaction is completed, the hour-long show, starring Tom Cavanaugh, would become part of TBS’s daytime lineup. “Ed” aired on NBC from 2000 to 2003. Neither NBC nor TBS would comment on the talks.
WGN-TV Gets `Moesha’ for Four-Year Run
“Moesha,” the sitcom featuring pop star Brandy, will appear on Chicago-based WGN-TV beginning Sept. 10. WGN has the exclusive broadcast rights to the series on the analog tier within the cable universe. “Moesha” was acquired by the Tribune Broadcasting unit from Paramount Television for a four-year run. The show is expected to be telecast weekdays in early fringe and on weekend afternoons. WGN reaches more than 65 million TV households.