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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Channel 12 Buys Dr. Phil Spinoff

Could "Dr. Phil" go head-to-head next fall here against his spinoff, "The Doctors," produced by his son, Jay McGraw? It could happen.

Channel 12 has bought "The Doctors," syndicated for next fall by CBS Television Distribution. CBS says it's a "firm go" with commitments to air in New York, LA, Chicago and all of the top 10 markets. Dayton (WDTN-TV, Ch. 2) and Indianapolis (WISH-TV) also have picked it up.

Dr. Travis Stork, an ER doctor from "The Bachelor," will host the show featuring five doctors with various specialties offering medical advice. The docs also will be seen frequently on "Dr. Phil" this season to promote the September 2008 premiere.


at 10/25/2007 1:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I highly doubt a Dr. Phil spin off would air against Dr. Phil for several reasons.

First, there will likely be a clause in the purchase agreement strictly dictating that this show can not air against Dr. Phil or Oprah. When Oprah spun off Phil - there was such a clause in place. And notice, Dr. Phil is on at 3, Oprah in her stronghold position at 4pm.

Also, 12 would have to cover Guiding Light to air the Doctors against Dr. Phil. That would be very unlikely.

Unless they throw the doctors on the CinCW (which is probably included in the "do not air" clause) this is not going to happen.

at 10/25/2007 1:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'd be really surprised.
obviously i haven't seen the contract 12 signed, but it would be EXTREMELY unusual if the contract would allow that.
most shows owned by the same company ban stations from putting them up against each other.

that's why you never see dr. phil competing with oprah.
or rachel ray.
or wheel of fortune going against jeopardy.

shouldn't cincinnati's loudest voice as a tv critic know basic things like that?

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