MCA TV is believed to be close to a deal to clear “The Suzanne Somers Show” on ABC-owned WLS-TV in Chicago, which would air the series in the 11 p.m.-midnight latenight slot.
King World’s “Rolonda Watts” talkshow currently airs in the period opposite the second half of “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
The clearance would wrap up the top three markets, with WCBS-TV in New York and KCOP locally planning to air “Somers” in daytime.
In late February, the syndicator claimed to have cleared the show on 23 stations covering 34% of the country. But it has yet to disclose most of the station call letters.
MCA got a later start than competitors in unveiling its new fall talker, but has already declared it a “firm go” despite the relatively low clearance level.
The Renaissance station group, which consists of independents and Fox affiliates, is also believed to have licensed the “Somers” show in at least some of its markets.