SYRACUSE -- It's been a big question for TV stations all over the country: what will you air when Oprah goes away? In Syracuse, that question is now definitively answered. ABC affiliate NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) will replace Winfrey's 4pm hour-long timeslot with one of her own spinoffs: The Dr. Oz Show.
A banner ad on the NewsChannel 9 website says Dr. Oz will move to the new station and timeslot effective Monday, September 12. Currently, the show airs on CNY Central's NBC-3 (WSTM) at 11:00am and CW6 (WSTQ-LP) at 6pm. No word yet on how CNY Central will fill those two timeslots, or whether WSYR will also offer prime time reruns of Dr. Oz on digital subchannel 9.2, as it currently does with Oprah.
Dr. Mehmet Oz first gained fame as a frequent guest on Winfrey's show between 2004 and 2009. Audience response prompted Winfrey to give Oz his own syndicated spinoff, just as she had done with Dr. Phil McGraw in 2002. After 25 seasons, Winfrey ended her own daily syndicated gabfest earlier this year, and affiliates have been airing reruns ever since.
Here at CNYTVNews.com we would like to attempt an article that summarizes all of the local changes for syndicated timeslots which will be happening when the new fall season gets underway. If you work in TV in Syracuse or Utica, send info about your lineup changes to us as soon as possible. Keep in mind, we're only looking for lineup changes involving local or syndicated programming specifically on your station only, not network-level lineup changes. Thanks!