Tribune Readies Springer-Cunningham TV Pilot
January 6, 2010 at 4:27 AM (PT)
TRIBUNE CO. is preparing a pilot for a TV show hosted by JERRY SPRINGER and CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WLW-A/CINCINNATI and PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host BILL CUNNINGHAM, reports the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The show is patterned after ESPN's popular "PARDON THE INTERRUPTION" show, with rapid-fire, timed commentary from the liberal SPRINGER and conservative CUNNINGHAM.
A pilot has been shot at FOX affiliate WXIX-TV (FOX 19)/CINCINNATI, and the episode will air on several TRIBUNE TV stations, with the exception of flagship CW affiliate WGN-TV/CHICAGO.
SVP/Programming and Entertainment SEAN COMPTON said, "We're going to run the pilot in the next two weeks, and if it rates, we're going to jump all over it and try to put together a deal. This is part of our quest to get back into original programming. TRIBUNE was there once before, and with today's technology, it's a lot easier to do than it has ever been."
The relationship between COMPTON, CEO RANDY MICHAELS, CUNNINGHAM and SPRINGER goes back to CINCINNATI, where COMPTON and CUNNINGHAM first worked for MICHAELS at JACOR and SPRINGER was a local news anchor and, later, launched his syndicated TV series.