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Daytime TV changes: more ‘GMA,’ ‘The Doctors,’ Vivica A. Fox 

Originally posted Friday, September 7, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This is one of the quietest years I’ve seen recently in terms of changes on daytime syndicated TV.

With “The Chew” ending on WSB-TV at 1 p.m., the network will air a new “Good Morning America” extension called “GMA Day” hosted by Michael Strahan and Sara Haines

The only notable star starting a talk show is actress Vivica A. Fox whose “Face the Truth” features a panel of judges who will assess people’s issues ranging from dating and relationships to bad habits and parenting. 

The show will debut on Monday but in Atlanta, it will air at 2:05 a.m. on WSB-TV.

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It replaces “The Doctors,” which lost its key 10 a.m. slot last year to “Right This Minute.” 

Good news for “The Doctors” fans who want to watch it on a better time slot. It will move Monday to CW69 at 8 a.m. replacing Kevin Ross’ judge show. 

Fox 5 (WAGA-TV) will replace Harry Connick Jr.’s nixed talk show with “Page Six TV” and “Access Hollywood” at 2 p.m.

And after “CrimeWatch Daily” with Chris Hansen was cancelled, CBS46 has filled the 3 p.m. slot with repeat episodes of “Dateline.” 

The CW69 (WUPA-TV) is replacing the cancelled “The Robert Irvine Show” at 3 p.m. with old repeats of “The Jerry Springer Show,” which will no longer tape new episodes after 27 seasons. It will also air classic “Springer” at 9 a.m., taking over for “The People’s Court, which will continue to be on at 11 a.m. 

MyTV (WATL-TV) will make the most changes. It had aired Springer at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. this past season and will replace it with “True Crime Files” at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will move “Maury” to 1 p.m from noon. At noon, it will run  repeats of A&E’s “Live P.D” starting September 17.

The station is also adding the “Pickler and Ben” syndicated talk show at 8 a.m. featuring Kellie Pickler (of ‘American Idol” fame and Ben Aaron.) starting September 17. The show launched in the fall of 2017 but was not picked up by any Atlanta stations at the time.

And at 11 p.m., MyTV is airing a second helping  of “Jeopardy!” which first airs on sister station WXIA-TV (11Alive) at 7:30 p.m.

Neither CBS46 nor 11Alive made any notable changes in its weekday lineups. 11Alive did kill off a local show “Atlanta Tech Edge,” which aired on Sundays and garnered a loyal following. 

Peachtree TV is adding “Last Man Standing” at 10 a.m. followed by “The Game” at 10:30 a.m. starting Monday, September 10 and “Chicago P.D” at 11 a.m. starting on September 24. 

Here is the link to a research report by Katz is a bit out of date but provides a good sense on which daytime shows pull in the biggest ratings. Among judge shows, “Judge Judy” is by far ahead of its rivals though newcomer “Couple’s Court With the Cutlers” (shot in Atlanta) had a strong debut. Among sitcoms, “The Big Bang Theory” is far ahead of any other show while “The Goldbergs” debuted impressively. Among entertainment news shows, old-timers “Entertainment Tonight” and “Inside Edition” dominate. Among talk shows, “Dr. Phil” is on top, ahead of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “Ellen.” 

WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group. 

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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