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Three syndicated shows have bit the dust since the start of the new year; The Megan Mullally Show, The Greg Behrendt Show and Geraldo at Large. The daytime market looks easy but it's a tough sell. Just ask Dr. Keith Ablow, host of cancelled syndicated show number four.
The Dr. Keith Ablow Show debuted on September 11, 2006, was produced by Lmno Productions and Telepictures Productions and syndicated by Warner Bros. Domestic Television. The show was hosted by Ablow who was a couples therapist for 20 years and has appeared as a guest on several shows as an expert regarding several high-profile trials. He's also written a half-dozen novels and seven non-fiction books, including the best-selling Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson.
The show's stated goal was to "help individuals, couples and families cope with the personal challenges they face in today's world, and develop strategies that can help them lead more fulfilling lives. »
The "self-help" talk show debuted in syndication on September 12, 2006 and was hosted by stand-up comedian and best-selling author Greg Behrendt. Each episode featured Behrendt attempting to change their lives in some way -- from cheating boyfriends to lifestyle makeovers. (You can hear one guest's experience via The Hollywood Podcast.)
The Sony Pictures Television-produced show was cancelled, like most, due to low viewership. In its four months, the "self-help" talk show attracted an average of only 880,000 households (0.8 rating) in daytime. It was tied with the similarly challenged The Megan Mullally Show that will go off the air at the end of this month.
The Behrendt cancellation may also be due to soft sales at the recent syndication show in Vegas as well »
25 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sony Pictures Television's freshman daytime talker The Greg Behrendt Show will not be returning for a second season, the company confirmed Wednesday. The strip, which is averaging a 0.8 household rating season-to-date, is still in production, with a mix of original and repeat episodes scheduled to air through at least May. The news follows the cancellation last month of NBC Universal's rookie talker The Megan Mullally Show. A third freshman talker, Warner Bros.' The Dr. Keith Ablow Show, also is not expected to return for a second season. »
Well, NBC Universal has made the first syndication cancellation of the 2006 -2007 season. It comes as little surprise that the struggling Megan Mullally Show has been cancelled -- but it does leave some local stations in a bit of a bind.
Back in 2005, as the popular sitcom Will & Grace was preparing for its final season, NBC Universal announced that the actress best known for her portrayal of the saucy Karen Walker would host her own daytime talk show. It seemed like a good move.
Megan's Karen character was extremely popular on W&G and some even suggested that she and Sean Haye's Jack could have even sustained their own sitcom. Two-time Emmy Award-winner Megan also had a lot of experience in television and on stage in such musicals as Broadway's How to Succeed in Business WIthout Really Trying! (with Matthew Broderick). Heck, sitcom veteran Ellen DeGeneres has done extremely well »
3 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Freshman daytime talker The Megan Mullally Show won't be back for a second season.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution delivered the news to the Megan staff Wednesday that it was stopping production immediately on the first-run syndicated strip. The news means that Megan is the first syndicated rookie of the 2006-07 season to get the ax.
The show will remain on the air through the end of the month, airing a previously scheduled mix of original and repeat episodes. NBC Universal is planning to work with each station currently airing Megan to find "potential programming solutions" that fit their needs following the show's departure, a spokesman said.
"We are very proud of the hard work and effort that our staff put into the production of this show," NBC Universal said. "And our host, Megan Mullally, is truly one of the most talented people in our business. We are grateful to have partnered with her on the show and are appreciative for her tireless commitment, effort and dedication to this endeavor."
Added Mullally: "I am extremely proud of the show we created and am thankful for the passion and tireless efforts of (executive producer) Corin Nelson and the entire staff."
The hourlong show, which launched in September, is averaging a 0.8 household rating season-to-date. »
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