Maury's coming home and Roseanne has been kicked out of town by Queen Latifah. Lots of changes are in store for fans of syndicated programming in the Washington area this fall.
Maury Povich says returning to Fox's WTTG, where he got his start in the broadcast TV biz, is like "coming home after being kidnapped." His syndicated talk show, "Maury," is moving from ABC's WJLA (Channel 7) to Channel 5 starting Monday. He'll air at 9 a.m. Povich's first gig at WTTG, in the mid-1960s, was as a reporter and sportscaster. He returned to the station once before, but this is his first time as a syndicated talk show host.
"I'm like Douglas MacArthur when I left in 1986 under the cover of darkness and I vowed that I would return," Povich joked. "It took 13 years."
Maury's replacing "Regis & Kathie Lee," who were booted from Channel 5's youth-oriented lineup, relocating at Channel 7.
Following "Maury," Channel 5 viewers are in for two full hours of courtroom drama, starting with back-to-back half-hour broadcasts of "Divorce Court" at 10 followed by two half-hours of "Judge Joe Brown" at 11. "Jenny Jones," no stranger to courtrooms herself, moves from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Monday.
The changes at Channel 5 continue with Monday's premiere of the new "National Enquirer" at 12:30 p.m. The show is from the same folks who put out the supermarket tabloid. It's replacing reruns of the sitcom "Roseanne"; she's been exiled to the 1:30 a.m. time slot. Following "Jenny Jones," at 2 p.m., the Fox station lost its hour of Fox Kids Network programming, which will be replaced with the "Donny & Marie" talk show.
At night, the newly syndicated "Drew Carey Show" replaces reruns of "The Simpsons" at 6:30, but fans of the cartoon show may still catch "The Simpsons" at 6 p.m. and in late night at 11:30, joining Dave, Jay and Ted.
"Regis & Kathie Lee" have already debuted on WJLA at 9 a.m. and are doing well there. And, at the ABC station, one comic's failure is another comic's opportunity. The station ran "The Howie Mandel Show" last season but it's been canceled, so WJLA bought Martin Short's new talker, which debuts Monday at 11 a.m.
And "Jeopardy!" fans be warned: Channel 7's daytime version is gone as of Sept. 20, replaced by the Louie Anderson-hosted "Family Feud." But the game show will still be available at 7:30 p.m.
Over at NBC's WRC, Channel 4, "The Queen Latifah Show" unveils Sept. 20 at 11 a.m., replacing "The Roseanne Show," which bows out on Sept. 17. NBC's new "Later Today" show is already airing from 10-11 a.m. WRC is one of the few NBC-owned stations that was given the okay to air "Later" later, instead of immediately following "Today." That's because it has a local news show in the slot that is very successful.
On CBS's WUSA, Channel 9, the only daytime change in the works is the debut of Bryant Gumbel's new morning news program, "The Early Show," but that doesn't debut until Nov. 1. Its 7 to 9 air time cuts an hour out of Channel 9's early-morning news.
But WB's WBDC, Channel 50, is gutting its daytime lineup, beginning Sept. 20. "Ricki Lake," which used to run at 5 p.m. on Channel 50, will move to the much earlier 9 a.m. time slot, followed by Richard Simmons's new "Queen for a Day"-ish show, "Dream Maker," at 10. Simmons will be followed by the relationship tell-all "Forgive or Forget."
Three courtroom shows dominate Channel 50's midday, starting with the new "Judge Greg Mathis" at noon, "People's Court" at 1 and "Judge Mills Lane" at 2. After "Boy Meets World," at 2:30, it's the WB Kids! lineup at 3. And, Channel 50 is the new home for "The Cosby Show," at 5:30 p.m.; it used to run on Channel 20.
Gone from Channel 50's lineup this fall are "Hard Copy," "Love Connection" and "Real TV."
UPN's Channel 20, WDCA, rolls out its new daytime schedule Monday. The '70s sitcom "Good Times" will be dusted off to fill the 10-11 a.m. slot, followed by "Martin" at 11 and "Real TV" at 11:30.
Then it's "Jerry Springer" at noon. After that, viewers are sure to need the help of shrink "Dr. Joy Browne" at 1 p.m.; "Leeza" follows at 2--a defector from Channel 4. Gone from the Channel 20 daytime lineup this fall are "In the Heat of the Night," "Sanford and Son" and "The Cosby Show."
And "Star Trek: Voyager," in its first year of syndication, airs at 7 p.m. A double-shot of "Frasier" will run at 10 p.m., replacing "Jerry Springer," which is bumped to 11.