Stay Tuned: Visualizing the next big thing

BILL GREEN

Daytime TV fans have had mixed emotions about some of the new shows this season. “Swift Justice,” Nancy Grace’s new court offering, is showing growth in many TV markets over what existed in the time period last season. Folks have also taken a shine to “The Talk.”

However, the jury is still out on a couple of other new court offerings this season, as well as Oprah protégé Nate Berkus.

While you’re busy casting your vote for this season’s offerings, syndicators are already prepping for next season. Today we’ll take a look into our crystal ball and see some of the things being planned.

Fall 2011 will, no surprise, offer even more talk shows. Warner Bros. will offer Anderson Cooper. Sony is betting on Dr. Oz’s wife Lisa. Tribune is sticking with tried and true, launching a show with Bill Cunningham, which is expected to be cut from the Jerry Springer/Maury Povich cloth.

Warner Bros. is hoping to position Cooper into some post-Oprah time slots. Many existing shows, including Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, are also expecting to get some time slot upgrades, freeing up some other daytime hours, perhaps for shows like Debmar-Mercury’s Fran Drescher project or its U.S. version of ITV Studio’s British talk show with Jeremy Kyle.

Two other shows in the ilk of “The Doctors” are also in the pipeline: “The Chefs” and, as you might expect, “The Lawyers.”

CBS Television Distribution will get back into the dating game, with “Excused.”

Twentieth Television tested two talk shows over the summer: the half-hour “The Kilborn File” with Craig Kilborn and “The Huckabee Show” with past presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Neither show racked up big ratings.

Warner Bros. has two other talk shows waiting in the wings should Anderson Cooper stumble: one with VH1 regular Dr. Drew Pinsky; the other featuring Steve Ward from “Tough Love.”

Perhaps the most out-there idea is from Mighty Oak Entertainment. “Psychic Court” will allow psychics to testify as expert witnesses. Larry Seidlin, the over-the-top judge from the Anna Nicole case, is attached to the show.

So what do you think of the new lineup? E-mail me at bgreen@naplesnews.com.

TV scorecard

Add Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff “Caprica” and ABC courtroom drama “The Whole Truth” to the cancelled list. “Truth” only averaged 5.3 million viewers (ranked No. 69 among all prime-time shows) and a 1.5 rating/4 share among adults 18-49 (ranked No. 72).

ABC announced Monday that it’s giving full-season orders to rookie Michael Chiklis drama “No Ordinary Family” and Wednesday-night comedy “Better With You.”

The network also ordered five additional episodes of Michael Imperioli cop show “Detroit 1-8-7,” as well as four more installments of veteran Sunday-night drama “Brothers and Sisters.”

The CW has given full-season orders to rookie dramas “Nikita” and “Hellcats,” as well “One Tree Hill.”

CBS has ordered full seasons of “Hawaii Five-0,” “Blue Bloods,” “Mike & Molly,” “Defenders,” and “$#*! My Dad Says.”

Jeff Lytle coming to your TV

Shameless plug alert: Local viewers will have a couple of new opportunities to see our very own Op/ed Editor Jeff Lytle.

“Naples Daily Newsmakers” premieres Sunday at 10 a.m. on ABC 7, following “This Week.”

The half-hour show picks up where Lytle’s longtime “One On One” program leaves off. Guests on the first installment will be Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle and Collier County Tourism Director Jack Wert.

If you like to sleep in on Sunday, you can always catch a rebroadcast: 7 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. Monday on NBC 2’s news sub channel (20-2 on digital broadcast, 216 on cable).

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Lytle wrote in a recent column. “It will be more work, with more moving parts to juggle. But it will cover more ground at a quicker pace and give more voices and issues a chance to be heard.”

Lytle will also be part of NBC 2’s election night coverage on NBC 2.

Bill Green is a Naples News Media Group journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com.

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