Or maybe all you really need is to know how the daytime TV schedule has changed. Because once you have that, you’ll have all the other stuff.
The most notable change, of course, happened Aug. 30. That was when The Jane Pauley Show debuted on WISH (Channel 8). So far, Indianapolis’ homegirl has dealt largely with heartwarming stories of people dealing with or overcoming tragedy. And so far, she’s been behind Oprah (who’s been in reruns) and Judge Judy in the ratings at 4 p.m.
Jane’s addition meant the subtraction of Ellen from Channel 8’s lineup. Ellen DeGeneres’ show moves south on Meridian Street to WTHR (Channel 13), where it replaces the canceled Wayne Brady Show. That’s the only non-prime-time change in Channel 13’s lineup.
WISH has scheduled only one other change — it’s filling the 9 a.m. hour vacated by the now-canceled Living It Up with Ali and Jack (Can I get a collective “awww”? How about a collective “hooray”?) with The Tony Danza Show. Tony’s first week of guests includes Regis Philbin, David Copperfield and Judge Judy. And Day One promises a “Huge Surprise Guest,” according to the show’s Web site. (I’m betting it’s Andy Kaufman. Or maybe Ali and Jack.)
WRTV (Channel 6) is making minimal changes to its lineup. It’s adding The Insider, a new entertainment-news magazine hosted by Pat O’Brien, at 7 p.m. weeknights. That’ll bump Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to 7:30 p.m. and Access Hollywood to 11:30 a.m. weekdays. Now we’ll know night and day what Paris Hilton is doing.
The biggest changes are at the other three local network affiliates. WXIN (Channel 59) and its sister station, WTTV (Channel 4), are blowing out most or all of their morning lineups, while WNDY (Channel 23) introduces a two-hour morning show, The Daily Buzz, a national news show aimed at non-traditional news viewers.
WXIN undergoes a morning makeover with two episodes of a new show called Ambush Makeover at 9 and 9:30 a.m., Home Delivery at 10 a.m. and Life & Style at 11 a.m. Ambush Makeover is exactly what the title suggests. Home Delivery describes itself as “part talk show, part makeover show and part reality show” that travels the country “transforming people’s lives.” And Life & Style — which promises “a brand new point of you!” — calls itself “the ultimate guide to life and style for women.”
Indianapolis’ Fox affiliate will split up the 6 p.m. Simpsons hour, moving in reruns of Malcolm in the Middle at both 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (The Simpsons will air at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. weeknights). The last time Channel 59 moved around The Simpsons, it was to air Married … With Children. At least it’s a better show this time. Channel 59 also is taking a shot with reruns of Yes, Dear at 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Channel 4’s revamped morning starts at 5 a.m. with back-to-back reruns of A Different World. At 8 a.m. Pat Croce: Moving In airs, followed by Cagney & Lacey at 9, Magnum P.I. at 10 and Larry Elder at 11. (If you’re really jonesin’ for Magnum, there’s also a 1 a.m. rerun Mondays.) Pat Croce: Moving In finds the former Philadelphia 76ers owner and general manager helping families “deal with life issues and problems in an inspiring and dynamic manner.” And if the guests need medical attention, perhaps he calls in Dr. J. Larry Elder’s show is also self-help-oriented. He “helps viewers define problems, accept responsibility, arrive at solutions and take action.”
Channel 23’s other changes include a new show called Dance 360, which is a daily dance competition with a hip-hop flavor. It airs at 4:30 p.m. weekdays. King of the Hill and The King of Queens will make up the 5 p.m. hour. Fear Factor will follow at 6 (and 11 p.m.) weeknights and That ’70s Show will air from 7 to 8 p.m. At 10:35 p.m. Fridays, WNDY will air Colts Up Close with Tom Zupancic. Channel 23 also has acquired the off-network rights to CSI, which will be called CSI: Weekend and air at 7 and 9 p.m. Sundays. In between will be the former UPN series The Twilight Zone. And at 10 a.m. Sundays until the election, WNDY will have Make It Count, a news show produced for UPN by CBS News.
That’s a lot to remember. But don’t worry — there’s plenty of self-help available for those who can’t.