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Daytime and syndicated programming on our local stations will change less this fall than it has in years, but there are some new shows that have the potential to draw large numbers of viewers and/or change the dynamics of the ratings competition.
The biggest of those is “The Doctors,” a medical advice/information show that will air on WISH (Channel 8) at 4 p.m. weekdays beginning Sept. 8. “The Doctors” features four actual docs — an emergency room physician, an OBGYN, a plastic surgeon and a pediatrician — talking about medical procedures, breakthroughs and all the topics Americans love to obsess over. It comes from Dr. Phil’s production company, and it airs against “Oprah.” (Oh, the irony.) I don’t like to make predictions in print, but I’ll go out on a limb and guess that this show performs better for Channel 8 than “Family Feud” has in that time slot.
Also new to the air is “The Bonnie Hunt Show” (10 a.m. weekdays, WRTV Channel 6, beginning Sept. 8), featuring David Letterman’s favorite guest doing interviews, features and bits. She replaces “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” which is moving to 9 a.m. weekdays on WXIN (Channel 59).
Here’s a sample of Hunt’s humor, from the TV critics’ summer press tour:

Question: Why is Bonnie Hunt's personality and humor better for daytime?
Producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin: I think Bonnie's completely relatable. We think she's like an everywoman.
Bonnie Hunt: That means fat.
Question: A common practice for the syndicated talk show …
Bonnie Hunt: … is for the woman to take her shirt off. I fell for that one earlier.

I don’t know how she’ll play in daytime, but I can’t wait to find out.
And finally, WXIN (Channel 59) adds a half-hour newscast at 11 a.m. weekdays beginning Sept. 8. Couple that with the 11 p.m. newscast the station plans to premiere in the first part of 2009 and you’re looking at a dogfight for every news viewer in the metro area.
As for other changes on the local stations, here’s a rundown. Unless otherwise noted, the new shows begin airing Sept. 8:
WTTV (Channel 4)
CW4 juggles its midday lineup, adding “Indiana’s Marketplace” (a series of three-minute infomercials about local businesses) at 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 29 in the spot now held by a second airing of “Judge Hatchett.” “Judge Karen” comes in at noon and 12:30 p.m. to replace “Judge Maria Lopez.” “Judge Jeanine Pirro” joins the lineup at 3 p.m. beginning Sept. 22, taking the spots of “All of Us” and “What I Like About You.” “Jamie Foxx” at 4 and “The Wayans Bros.” at 4:30 replace “Reba.”
Also, “Everybody Loves Raymond” will now anchor the evening lineup at 6 p.m. The 6 p.m. “Two and a Half Men” moves to 7:30 p.m., Raymond’s former time slot.
On weekends, Channel 4 alters its evening and prime-time lineups, putting on repeats of “Monk” at 6 and 11 p.m., where “Still Standing”/“Raymond” and “Law & Order: SVU” have been airing (Sept. 27). The new sci-fi/fantasy series “Legend of the Seeker” takes over for “American Idol Rewind” at 8 p.m. (Nov. 1, and 4 p.m. Sundays beginning Nov. 2) and reruns of “House” begin to air at 9 and 10 p.m. (Sept. 27) in place of “TMZ” and “The Shield.”
You can also see repeats of “Desperate Housewives” at 3 a.m. Sundays and midnight Sunday/Monday beginning Sept. 21. Also on Sundays will be “Hoosier High School Sports Overtime” at 11:30 a.m.
WRTV (Channel 6)
“Bonnie Hunt” replaces “Mike and Juliet” on the ABC affiliate. (More info at bonniehuntshow.com.)
WISH (Channel 8)
“The Doctors” replace “Family Feud” on CBS’ Indianapolis station. (More info at thedoctorstv.com.)
WTHR (Channel 13)
No changes on the NBC affiliate.
WNDY (Channel 23)
“MyNDY,” as the MyNetworkTV station calls itself, adds “Better,” a magazine show from the folks who produce “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine, “Parents,” “Fitness” and more, at 1 p.m. weekdays. (More info at better.tv.) That pushes “Matlock” to 8 a.m. weekdays and “Little House on the Prairie” off the schedule. “Family Feud” moves over from sister station WISH to air at 3 p.m. and the new syndicated game show “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays” premieres weekdays at 3:30 beginning Sept. 22. The “Feud” and “Trivial Pursuit” replace “Cristina’s Court” and “Judge Alex.”
In the evenings, “King of Queens” moves from 7 p.m. into the 6:30 time slot formerly held by “Frasier” and the syndicated “Deal or No Deal” takes over at 7.
WXIN (Channel 59)
As mentioned, “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet” moves over from Channel 6 to air at 9 a.m., pushing “Tyra Banks” to 10 a.m., which pushes “Maury” to 1 p.m. and knocks “Merv Griffin’s Crosswords” and “Temptation” off the schedule. The new midday newscast at 11 a.m. and a repeat of “TMZ” at 11:30 replace the 11 a.m. “Jerry Springer” show.
On weekends, the local Fox station has “Gladiators 2000” at 11 a.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 20. On Sundays, there are two changes: “The Wall Street Journal Report” will air at 10 a.m. (Sept. 21) and repeats of “Without a Trace” will be shown at 11 p.m. (Sept. 21).


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