Marc notes changes to the fall TV schedule



More local news, several new chat shows and another Oprah acolyte gets his own hour. That's what in store for you this month and next as the local network affiliates revamp their daytime, early evening, late-night and weekend lineups.

Here's a rundown. All shows premiere Sept. 13 unless otherwise noted.

WTTV (Channel 4): New to the schedule weekdays are: Don't Forget the Lyrics!, hosted by former Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath (5:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 20); The Andy Griffith Show (8 and 8:30 a.m.); the courtroom show Swift Justice with Nancy Grace (11 and 11:30 a.m.); and the comedies The New Adventures of Old Christine (4 and 4:30 p.m.); How I Met Your Mother (6 and 6:30 p.m.); and Curb Your Enthusiasm (midnight). Can't wait to see how they edit the language on Curb.

On Saturdays beginning Sept. 18, there;ll be two episodes of Ugly Betty (noon and 1 p.m.), two episodes of How I Met Your Mother (6 and 6:30 p.m.) and one of The Closer (10 p.m.). On Sundays, starting Sept. 19, it's more Old Christine (5 and 5:30 p.m.), The Closer (9 p.m.) and Curb (midnight).

WRTV (Channel 6): Nate Berkus brings his Oprah-produced talk show The Nate Berkus Show to 10 a.m. weekdays, the timeslot formerly held by the wrongly canceled Bonnie Hunt Show. And the ABC affiliate has already made its other change, adding 30 minutes of local news at 5:30 to create a 2½-hour news block from 5 to 7:30 p.m., included ABC World News with Diane Sawyer at 6:30.

WISH (Channel 8):The Talk – featuring the chatter of Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Sharon Osbourne – chimes in at 2 p.m. beginning Oct. 18. It takes over the timeslot held by the canceled soap opera As the World Turns, which ends its 54-year run on Sept. 17.

WTHR (Channel 13): As usual, no changes. But when Oprah signs off next year, it's a whole new ballgame.

WNDY (Channel 23): MyINDY almost entirely rethinks its post-11 a.m. schedule. The new lineup opens with Judge Karen's Court, featuring Judge Karen Mills-Francis (11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Sept. 20); Bewitched (noon); I Dream of Jeannie (12:30 p.m.); The Beverly Hillbillies (1 p.m.); and The Lucy Show (1:30) – all of which are new to WNDY. Wendy Williams moves to 3 p.m., followed by new additions Real Housewives – yes, reruns of the Bravo franchise, starting with Orange County – (4 p.m.) and the Canadian lifestyle-oriented chat show Steven and Chris (5 p.m.). Access Hollywood (6 p.m.), George Lopez (6:30 p.m.) and According to Jim (7:30 p.m.) move into new timeslots.

WXIN (Channel 59): Has already added an hour of news from 5 to 6 p.m. weekdays and will rerun Entourage at 11:30 p.m. weekdays. (Entourage without nudity and adult language? That should be a tidy five minutes.) The Fox affiliate also has added morning news from 6 to 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and with that change, local news now takes up about 30 percent of its entire schedule.

The other notable change on weekends is the addition of repeats of American Dad (5 and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 and 11:30 a.m. Sundays) beginning Sept. 25.


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