Will Kelly Clarkson be able to give WKBW-TV a decent news lead-in?
Who the heck is Mel Robbins?
Who wants to know what happened to “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”?
Does "The 700 Club" have a prayer of continuing to be on local TV?
Those are some of the storylines when the new syndicated programs premiere in a few weeks on local TV stations.
Clarkson, an “American Idol” winner who has become a huge success, is entering the talk show game. Her new syndicated show is scheduled to be carried at 4 p.m. weekdays on WKBW starting on Sept. 9.
That means it will compete with two locally produced news programs, WIVB’s more traditional newscast and WGRZ’s lighter “Most Buffalo.”
The inability of any program to provide WKBW’s newscast a strong lead-in has hurt the third-rated newscast for years.
Clarkson’s show will provide local viewers who think there already is enough news on local TV with a choice at 4 p.m.
“Hot Bench,” which had been airing two episodes starting at 4 p.m., moves to 3 p.m. in place of “Pickler and Ben,” which has been canceled.
“The 700 Club” has been dropped by the local Nexstar station WNLO after a two-year run following a long run on WUTV. It is a paid program so presumably it will find a carrier. It is most interested in getting into the Canadian market, which worked better when it was on WUTV than on WIVB.
However, representatives of WKBW, WGRZ, WUTV and WNYO have all said they haven’t made a deal to carry the Christian program.
Robbins is a female motivational speaker whose new talk show will be carried at 10 a.m. on WNLO in a revised morning lineup that will include a repeat of the previous day’s Wendy Williams show at 11 a.m. and a new talk show hosted by Tamron Hall at noon. Hall is a former “Today” anchor who also worked for NBC News and MSNBC. Her show premieres on Sept. 9.
Robbins’ new talk show premieres on Sept. 16. A publicist for the show sent along this message explaining Robbins’ success and goals.
“Mel is the most-booked female speaker in the world and in her new show, she will look to tackle real issues the audience can relate to with a goal of providing a tangible action-plan on how to grow and overcome life’s obstacles. She’s a voice that is missing from television – with a message of hope and positivity.
“As a working mom with three kids, she can relate to the everyday struggles of her audience. It was only 10 years ago that Mel was stuck in an unhappy place in life, often overcome by crippling anxiety. Mel has since found her way out the abyss and has been sharing her inspirational and relatable message ever since.”
WNLO dropped "The 700 Club" and a repeat of “Dr. Oz” to make room for the new talk shows.
A new addition for WIVB is “The Sean McDermott Show,” which finds the show led by the Bills head coach airing at 11: 35 p.m. Saturday nights before regular-season games and repeated at 11 a.m. Sunday on WNLO.
“Murdoch Mysteries,” “Rules of Engagement” and “Access Hollywood Weekend” have all been dropped.
Over at WUTV, two episodes of a new court show, “Judge Jerry,” air from 11 a.m. weekdays to noon in place of “Face the Truth.”
Another two episodes of a court show, “Personal Injury Court,” air from 3 to 4 p.m., replacing “The Doctors,” which moves to 9 a.m. on sister station WNYO.
Two new game shows, “25 Words or Less” and “America Say,” air from 4 to 5 p.m., replacing “Steve Harvey.” The new shows are repeated in reverse order at 8 p.m. on WNYO, replacing “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which has ended its syndication run.
WGRZ has no changes to its afternoon lineup, which changed last spring when the move of “Most Buffalo” to 4 p.m. led to “Dr. Phil” moving to 2 p.m. and “Ellen” to 3 p.m.