Fall is like Christmas for TV lovers. After the parched desert earth that is summer network television — I'm talking to you "Bachelor Pad" and "Wipeout" — it's nice to see something new on television.
Not that summer's all bad. I had some meaningful flings with "The Closer" and "Dallas." "So You Think You Can Dance" can be a nice distraction.
Next week, we'll be talking about the Republican National Convention, from a TV perspective. Over the next few columns, we're going to talk about some promising new fall shows. But today, it's our annual syndication shuffle column. Plus, reader comments on the "Closer" finale.
But first, inquiring minds want to know the fate of Fox 4's Amy Wegmann Radel, who has been off the air since husband Trey Radel announced his bid for the District 19 congressional seat.
The primary's over, but the wait continues. While many politicos believe Radel's a sure thing to win in November, technically he's still in campaign mode until after the General Election.
Judy Kenney, vice president and general manager for Fox 4, says, "I'm sure we'll be talking to Amy in the near future." However, she would not comment further.
What remains unclear is whether Fox 4's parent company, Journal Communications, would consider it a conflict if Wegmann wishes to return to work; if her husband is indeed serving in Congress.
Programs on the move
Regular readers of this column know what I mean when I say syndication shuffle. Just like the networks, our local stations often add new programs or move around existing shows in timeslots they program.
According to Deborah Abbott, programming director at Waterman Broadcasting, NBC 2's schedule will remain intact. Over at ABC, the network is moving "General Hospital" to 2 p.m., Sept. 10, replacing temporary placeholder "Good Afternoon America." That leaves ABC affiliates with an extra hour to program. Like many of those affiliates across the country, ABC 7 will debut "Katie" (as in Couric) in the 3 p.m. time slot. Otherwise, ABC 7's schedule remains intact.
Over at Fox 4 there's some minor tweaking going on. Judy Kenney, vice president and general manager, is excited about two additions to the daytime lineup, "Justice For All" and "We The People."
"Justice For All" takes over the 11 a.m. time slot held by "Judge Alex." The show is hosted by Cristina Perez, who you may remember from another show, "Cristina's Court" which aired in 2008 and 2009 and earned Perez three consecutive daytime Emmys.
"We The People" is not new to syndication. It debuted in fall 2011, but was not picked up in this market. The show, which features re-enactments of cases, is hosted by Gloria Allred and takes the 1 p.m. time slot formally held by "Divorce Court."
"Divorce Court" and "Judge Alex" will be paired together at 4 a.m. (yes, a.m. — this is why God invented recording devices), replacing a repeat of the station's 10 p.m. newscast.
The remainder of Fox 4's daytime schedule remains intact.
Greg Stetson, program director for WINK-TV and TV 6, reports no changes to the WINK schedule. However, TV 6 does have some new syndicated shows for fall.
Steve Harvey's new talk show takes over the 10 a.m. hour currently held by encore showings of "Anderson," which will be seen at noon. "Swift Justice," which currently airs at noon has been canceled, along with "Jeremy Kyle" which airs at 2 p.m., and "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" which airs at 3 p.m.
Dr. Drew's fate was actually sealed by the CW network. They're introducing "Bill Cunningham," which will air at 1 p.m. here.
TV 6 also adds "Survivor" host Jeff Probst' new talk show at 2 p.m., followed by a revamped "Ricki Lake" at 3.
In the overnight hours, repeats of "Rules of Engagement" replace "The New Adventures of Old Christine" at midnight. "Christine" will now air at 3 a.m.
Celebrity-driven "Dish Nation" replaces canceled "Cheaters" at 1:30 a.m. Double episodes of "Excused" moves from daytime into the 2 a.m. slot.
From 4 until 7 a.m., TV 6 will air "King of Queens," "According To Jim" and double episodes of "That '70s Show" and "Fraiser."
Reader comments: Closing 'The Closer'
Vicki writes: "Great ending for 'The Closer.' I thought the way they dealt with the 'leak' was brilliant! The show will be missed. Not too many on TV that have viewers coming back for more. Come on, we're all little tired of 'CSI' or 'Law and Order' or reruns of 'Seinfeld' or 'Everybody Loves Raymond.' Give us a break! Right?!?
"Thanks for a chance to voice my opinion! I could say more but talk's cheap. Bring on 'Major Crimes!'"
S. from Naples writes: "I'm glad they didn't kill Brenda and she personally got the really bad guy but ... last week the women from the DA's office was terrible to her. This week they are offering her a job? And she is taking Gabriel with her. I don't see that after what he did to her and her husband's finances from the lawsuit.
"I'm glad the group is continuing because I do enjoy them. I don't like Raydor. Getting the group to like her is the same story line as when 'The Closer' started but we have known Raydor as unlikable for some time on the show. She could use a new hair do and glasses. I will miss Brenda!"
Well said Vicki and S. I agree that "The Closer" finale was very satisfying on many levels. But I also agree about the D.A.'s office. That seemed to be quite the reversal.
That said, Brenda closed a lot of cases with confessions, which always makes the D.A.'s office very happy.
I've grown to like Raydor and I look forward to where this new series is headed. Hopefully we can count on Brenda to stop by for a visit now and again.
Until next time, stay tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at email@example.com. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.