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How will TV fill Oprah's shoes?


"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is new in syndication this fall.
  • "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is new in syndication this fall.

A seismic shift in daytime television begins Monday. With Oprah gone from syndication, we’re about to find out who can fill her enormously large timeslot leading into the 5 p.m. news. Will Dr. Oz, Judge Judy or, somehow, Anderson Cooper be the choice of viewers at 4 p.m.?

That’s the biggest question as local stations change their daytime lineups.

But it’s not the only news. Three of the best sitcoms of the last 10 years — 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — are new in syndication this fall. And we have some new judge, lifestyle and talk shows coming to our local airwaves.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new or moving around this fall on the local stations.

WTTV (Channel 4): The King of Queens has already moved into the 6 and 6:30 a.m. timeslots. Middays will feature the new Swift Justice with Jackie Glass at 11 a.m. beginning Monday, as well as America’s Court with Judge Ross, which premiered at noon Monday. Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers — a turn-your-life-around show — will air at 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 19.

Also on Sept. 19, The Big Bang Theory takes over at 6 and 6:30 p.m., bumping How I Met Your Mother to 5 and 5:30 and Everybody Loves Raymond to 4 and 4:30. (Big Bang also will air at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and 5 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays.)

WRTV (Channel 6): The Chew — described in an Associated Press story as “simple, fun tips for cheap and easy living” — replaces All My Children at 1 p.m. weekdays beginning Sept. 26. (One Life to Live passes away in January, with The Revolution, a show about health and lifestyle changes, taking its place at 2 p.m.)

WRTV also has relaunched/rebranded The Indy Channel, which is now HTSN (Hometown Sports & News). The station now produces and televises high school football, local college football (UIndy, Marian University, Rose-Hulman, Franklin, Wabash) and other sports (soccer, and basketball in the winter).

WISH (Channel 8): Anderson Cooper’s new syndicated show, Anderson, replaces The Doctors at 4 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday. The Doctors moves to sister station WNDY (Channel 23).

WTHR (Channel 13): With Oprah gone, Dr. Oz attempts to fill the void at 4 p.m. Ellen moves to 2 p.m. to fill Oz’s spot and a second run of Dr. Oz will air at 11 a.m. weekdays. The fun begins Monday.

WNDY (Channel 23): Most of the day gets a makeover, starting with The 700 Club (9 a.m.), Wendy Williams (10 a.m.), Access Hollywood (11 a.m. beginning Monday), Divorce Court (noon) and Judge Alex (1 p.m.). We the People with Gloria Allred debuts at 2 p.m. beginning Monday, followed by Last Shot with Judge Gunn at 2:30 (beginning Sept. 26). Judge Mary Ann Gunn specializes in drug cases.

Family Feud will now air at 3, followed by Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at 4. The Doctors switches stations at 5 (beginning Monday), followed by Access Hollywood at 6, That ‘70s Show at 6:30 and back-to-back episodes of 30 Rock at 7 and 7:30. (30 Rock also can be seen at 7:30 and 11 p.m. Saturdays.)

In late night, According to Jim moves to 11:30, followed by King of the Hill at midnight and Frasier at 12:30. Law & Order: Criminal Intent replaces Law & Order: SVU at 1 a.m. beginning Sept. 19. Jeremy Kyle — a controversial British host said to be like Jerry Springer — will take over the 2 a.m. timeslot beginning Sept. 19, and the lifestyle show Better will move to 4 a.m.

WXIN (Channel 59): Bill Cunningham, best known for his talk-radio work on Cincinnati’s WLW, will be on at noon beginning Sept. 19. He’s promising “issue-oriented conflict talk” on his self-titled show, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Late night gets a revamping with Excused, a new dating show, at 12:30 beginning Monday, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and American Dad taking over the 1 and 1:30 a.m. slots. The food show America’s Best Bites (beginning Sept. 25) and the here’s-to-good-health show Dr. Steve (Oct. 2) will air at 5 and 5:30 a.m., respectively, on Sundays.

The Investigation Discovery channel’s I Escaped: Real Prison Breaks features the story of convicted murderer Linda Darby, who hopped the fence at Indiana Women’s Prison in 1972 and disappeared for 35 years. She was arrested in Tennessee in 2007.


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