STAY TUNED: Favorite daytime shows moving with ‘syndicated shuffle’

BILL GREEN
Meredith Vieira has hosted "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" since its syndication debut in 2002. Throughout nine seasons on the show, Vieira has handed out nearly $65-million in winnings to Millionaire contestants. She has won two Daytime Emmys for her work on 'Millionaire' in the category of "Outstanding Game Show Host" (2005 and 2009). Photo courtsey of Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Meredith Vieira has hosted "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" since its syndication debut in 2002. Throughout nine seasons on the show, Vieira has handed out nearly $65-million in winnings to Millionaire contestants. She has won two Daytime Emmys for her work on "Millionaire" in the category of "Outstanding Game Show Host" (2005 and 2009). Photo courtsey of Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Monday is August. August! I remember when summer seemed to last forever (thanks, Bryan Adams). But that was a few less pounds and a few more hairs ago.

For TV viewers, it means we’re about a month away from the beginning of the end to rerun season.

When it comes to daytime TV, it’s not just the major networks that are making some major changes. There are some local decisions that come into play to determine what you watch and when you watch it. Those of us who write about this sort of thing call it the syndicated shuffle. The programs stations buy can change time, and oftentimes channels, with their fall debuts. Here’s what’s being shuffled this fall:

■ On Aug. 8, “Ellen” moves from 10 a.m. on NBC 2 to 4 p.m. on ABC 7 to make way for the fourth hour of “Today,” which currently airs at 2 p.m. That displaces “The Doctors,” which temporarily moves to 2 p.m. on NBC 2.

■ “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” which currently airs at 9 a.m. on WINK-TV and 1 p.m. on CW 6 will move to NBC 2 in September. The show returns for a 10th season on Sept. 5. Due to the temporary relocation of “The Doctors,” the show makes its debut at 12:30 p.m. that week with new half hours. Beginning Sept. 12, the show moves to 2 p.m. for a full hour, where the new half-hour episodes will be joined by episodes from previous seasons.

■ Also on Sept. 12, a new season of “Dr. Oz” moves to 5 p.m. on ABC 7, displacing “Dr. Phil.” At that point, “The Doctors” will move to its new time at 3 p.m. on NBC 2 and “Dr. Phil” moves to its new home, 5 p.m. on CW 6.

Whew! Catch all that? No worries. I’m putting together a graphic that will be available online at naplesnews.com, with the online posting of this column.

But wait. That’s not all. WINK is replacing the 9 a.m. “Millionaire” with an encore of “Inside Edition,” which currently airs at 1:30 in the morning. “Comics Unleashed” will take over the 1:30 slot.

Over at CW 6, it’s pretty much a whole new day. Encores of ‘Dr. Phil” will air at 9 a.m. “Rachael Ray” moves to 10 a.m. for the departing “Steven & Chris.”

“The New Adventures of Old Christine” will likely take over the 11 a.m. slot held by the “Real Housewives,” which is leaving daytime syndication. The new dating show “Excused” will air back-to-back episodes at noon, followed by “Swift Justice” (1 p.m.), U.K. import “Jeremy Kyle” (2 p.m.), “Dr. Drew” at 3 p.m. replacing departing “Tyra,” followed by “Anderson Cooper” at 4 p.m. An hour of “Two And Half Men” moves to 6 p.m. to make room for an hour of “Big Bang Theory” at 7.

Over at Fox 4, there are very few changes coming. Two half-hour episodes of “Judge Alex” replace “Law & Order: SVU,” which is departing syndication. Double episodes of “Divorce Court” will replace the cancelled “Judge Jenine Pirro.” Fox 4 also has “30 Rock.” It will air back-to-back episodes at 2 a.m.

My thanks to WINK Program Director Greg Stetson, Fox 4 Vice President and General Manager Judy Kenney, Waterman Director of Programming Deborah Abbott and Darrell Lieze-Adams, executive news director and manager of marketing and promotions, for getting me the info.

‘All My Children’ delay?

On Sept. 26, ABC debuts “The Chew,” replacing “All My Children,” which is moving online. Which brings me to this …

As if soap fans haven’t had enough heartbreak already, it now seems that contract negotiations will delay “AMC’s” move to the web by a few months, according to the New York Times.

It was expected to hit the web just a few short days after its last airing on ABC. But the formation of new budgets and negotiations with production unions and guilds may postpone the return to Pine Valley until early 2012. (“One Life to Live,” which isn’t scheduled to go dark until January 2012, will likely move to the web uninterrupted.)

Earlier this month, ABC sold the online rights to both shows in a multi-year deal to Prospect Park, a company led by Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz, executive producers of the Universal Cable Productions’ “Royal Pains” series.

Both “AMC” and “OLTL” will continue story lines uninterrupted on the new network. The shows’ crews and actors are expected to remain in place.

Comcast’s ‘Me’ for you

A few weeks back we told you that ABC-7 would be airing Me-TV over its digital sub-channel, 26-2. Since many of you watch on cable or satellite, I was inundated with questions about where to find the channel.

Beginning Aug. 11, Comcast subscribers will be able to watch Me-TV on Channel 208.

Me-TV features a wide range of classic television programming, including “M*A*S*H,” “Perry Mason,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” the original “Star Trek” and “Hawaii Five-O” series, in addition to 60 other programs.

Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at bgreen@naplesnews.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.

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