‘Behrendt’ Show Axed by Sony

Jan 23, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Sony Pictures Television daytime talk program “The Greg Behrendt Show” is officially the third casualty of the season for syndicators. Production crew and staff members were informed Tuesday that the series was ending production and would not return next fall for a second go around.

Production for the series is expected to continue at least for the short term and possibly for the rest of the season, according to multiple sources close to the series and Sony.

A spokesperson for Sony Pictures Television was unavailable for comment.

“The Greg Behrendt Show” has averaged a 0.8 rating this season, tying for last place among talk programs with “The Megan Mullally Show.”

The Tribune station group, where Sony had sold the series in major markets, passed on renewing “Behrendt” in favor of the upcoming “Jerry Springer” spinoff series “The Steve Wilkos Show.”

Sony made an effort to pitch the Behrendt show to other stations at the National Association of Television Program Executives show last week, but was unable to find takers.

The cancellation marks the third major first-run syndicated series to receive the axe this season. In December, NBC Universal announced that “Mullally” would not return for a sophomore year. Soon after, Twentieth Television pulled the plug on newsmagazine “Geraldo at Large.”

(Editor: Baumann)