“Shirley,” the Canadian talkshow whose network run was scuttled before getting a chance to air on ABC, is making its way into syndication with clearances in the U.S.’ top two markets, on WPIX in New York and KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.
The daily, one-hour issue-oriented show, hosted by Shirley Solomon, will premiere in August on the Tribune flagship in New York and the local Disney station.
ABC had acquired the show, currently in its fifth season on Canada’s CTV network, and announced plans to introduce the series in mid-April, bumping “Home.”
Instead, pressure from affiliates forced the network to scrub the planned launch, in the process swallowing a reported $ 65,000-per-week license fee to DLT Entertainment, which is distributing the series (Daily Variety, Feb. 25).
Both WPIX and KCAL run daytime talk blocks, which “Shirley” will join.
A Taffner rep noted in February that the company had a “firm deal” with ABC but that a broadcaster always has “the right to air, or not to air, any programthat they license.”