Last week we started a conversation about the new fall daytime shows. I told you about changes coming to ABC-7 (Bethenny at noon); WINK-TV (adding Rachael Ray) and TV 6 (more news, plus “Family Feud” and “Modern Family”). If you missed it, you can read the full story here.
This week we take a look at the changes coming to the remaining stations.
“We have a lot to be excited about,” says new Fox-4 Vice President/General Manager Charlie Henrich.
You can call Fox-4 Southwest Florida’s official conflict resolution station. In addition to their consumer advocate “4 In Your Corner” motto, the station is relying on shows that have a lot of conflict, and some resolution.
Perhaps the biggest news is that Fox-4 will no longer have a built-in one-hour block of paid programming at 9 a.m. (or weekday overnights for that matter).
Instead, viewers will get to watch repeats of WE-TV’s “Bridezillas.” For those of you who spent the last decade abroad, “Bridezillas” is a reality show which chronicles the oftentimes dramatic lives of women engaged to be married.
“Friends” reruns relocate to 11 a.m., until December, when “Law & Order: SVU” takes the time slot.
From there it’s all courtroom drama, with “America’s Court” (noon), “Supreme Justice” (12:30 p.m.), “Justice for All” (1 p.m.), and a second episode of “Supreme Justice” at 1:30 p.m.
At 2 p.m., viewers can enjoy a fourth episode of “Judge Judy” (the show will continue at 5, 5:30 and 7 p.m.). That’s followed by the “whose your daddy” block that includes “Paternity Court” (2:30 p.m.), and “The Test” (3 p.m.) leading into “Maury.”
Other Fox 4 changes include Arsenio Hall’s return to late night at 11:30 p.m., followed by double runs of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Office” and “30 Rock.”
Early risers can catch another “Paternity Court” at 3:30 a.m., followed by “Divorce Court” (4 a.m.) and “Judge Alex” (4:30 a.m.).
“Judge Joe Brown” fans will be sad to learn that the show has been canceled by the distributor. Not due to poor ratings. It was one of the more successful court shows. It was a salary dispute with the show’s namesake.
By the way, Henrich says he thrilled to be in Southwest Florida. And you can hear it in his voice.
WNFM is the My TV affiliate for Southwest Florida. It is a cable-only station that is operated by Comcast that offers Southwest Florida some programming we might otherwise not have. Unfortunately the channel is not broadcast in HD, and there are no immediate plans to change that.
Remember the Saturday night Fox-staple “Cops”? It enters syndication with a new spin, additional footage and themed episodes. Starting Sept. 9, double episodes of the new version, called “Cops Reloaded” will air at 8 a.m., replacing “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Are you familiar with OK! Magazine? The brand comes to TV with episodes airing at noon. In the afternoon, “Judge Mathis” is the meat in a “People’s Court” sandwich from 1 to 4 p.m.
NBC’s “Community” enters syndication, and will air five days a week at 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 16.
“Law & Order: SVU” will air at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. In December, the station adds “Friends” at 5 p.m. and moves “Community” to 4 p.m.
“The Cleveland Show” (6:30 p.m.) joins sister shows “Family Guy” (7 p.m.) and “American Dad” (1 a.m.) on My 8. “King of the Hill” also moves to the channel, airing at midnight.
See the full rundown from all four stations at naplesnews.com, where I’ll post an easy-to-read TV grid, so you’ll be able to see the full daytime schedule for all six channels.
A reader question
Donald, from Naples, writes: “Dear Bill, you probably hear about how bad this channel (My 8) is all of the time.
Last night, Sunday, at 8 p.m., it offered the movie ‘Zodiac’ with Jake Gyllenhaal. At 9 p.m., the screen went black and as far as I know never returned. It is so bad!”
I have heard about this, Donald. The week prior, a Facebook friend of mine had the same problem when she tried to watch “Jumper.”
I spoke to Comcast officials about the cable-only channel. “We did have an issue with the broadcast of the movie,” said Barbara Hagen, Comcast Area VP of Operations. “We were made aware of situation and corrected it. We have added additional safeguards in place to prevent this from happening in the future.”
Jackie asks: “I was wondering if you could advise me where I would be able to find a listing of AM and FM radio stations in the Naples area. I have just stopped my contract with Sirius XM.”
Yes. Check out www.tunein.com and click the local button.
Until next time, Stay Tuned.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at facebook.com/billdgreen.