Weekday TV schedules on the local station level usually get a pretty big makeover come September.
But this year, out of the six commercial broadcast stations in the Quad-City market, four of them are each making only one change apiece.
Three of those changes are thanks to new syndicated talk shows, which will each debut in a few weeks:
“The Rachael Ray Show,” featuring the Food Network nymph in a show produced by Oprah Winfrey, will debut at 11 a.m. weekdays on KWQC-TV6, beginning Sept. 18. It’ll replace the cancelled “Tony Danza Show.”
“The Dr. Keith Ablow Show,” featuring the psychiatrist, forensic pathologist and author of novels, and “Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson,” debuts at 9 a.m. weekdays beginning Sept. 11 on WQAD-TV8.
“The Greg Behrendt Show,” with the comedian and author of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken,” premieres at 8 a.m. weekdays on KJLB-TV18, beginning Sept. 12, in place of “Starting Over.”
A fourth new national talk show, with former “Will & Grace” co-star Megan Mullally, was not picked up by any station in this market.
As previously reported, “Judge Judy” will move from WQAD to WHBF-TV4, where it’ll air two episodes from 4-5 p.m. weekdays. That bumps “Family Feud,” with new host John O’Hurley, to 11 a.m.
Reruns of the former UPN sitcom “One on One” air from 2-3 p.m. weekdays on WBQD. Because of its change to a new network, the station will be known as “My TV 16,” reflecting its position on Mediacom cable.
The rest of the changes this fall belong to sister stations KLJB-TV18 and KGCW-TV26.
Fox 18 expands its court shows to five hours, with double runs of “Divorce Court” at 1 p.m., “Judge Alex” at 2 p.m. and “Judge Joe Brown” at 3 p.m., followed by “The People’s Court” at 4.
“According to Jim” reruns will be at 5:30 p.m., and a double-run of “Scrubs” at 10:35 and 11:05 p.m. Following that are “Frasier,” two “Malcolm in the Middle,” another “Frasier” and “Just Shoot Me.”
“The new Quad-Cities CW” gets two new court shows, “Judge Maria Lopez” (a Cuban-born judge known for her unique judicial sentences) at 10 a.m., and “Christina’s Court” (who jumps from the Spanish-language Telemundo network) at 11 a.m. Also new are double-runs of the former CBS sitcom “Still Standing” at 2 and 2:30 p.m.
New time periods include “My Wife & Kids” at 8:30 a.m., double-runs of “Roseanne” at 1 p.m., “Friends” at 6 p.m., “Sex and the City” at 9 p.m., “That ’70s Show” at 10:30 p.m., “South Park” at 11:30 p.m. Other new time periods are “Will & Grace” at 10 p.m., “King of the Hill” at 12:30 a.m. and “Blind Date” at 2 a.m.
And Tyra Banks’ talk show, in its second year, will air at 5 p.m. weekdays on KGCW.
Condolences to longtime Quad-City Times TV columnist Ron Lorenzen, whose wife of 60 years, Mildred, died earlier this month.
His face should be returning to this page next Monday.
David Burke can be contacted at (563) 383-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.