UK orders ‘Maury,’ renews ‘Springer’

Cable version of 'Springer' now attracting 4.9 mil viewers per week

“Jerry Springer Show” is being renewed and “The New Maury Povich Show” is being picked up by the UK Living Channel, a British cabler with mainly female appeal.

Under the terms of the deal inked by UK Living parent company Flextech with distrib Universal Intl. Television, each talker has been licensed through the lifetime of the show and involves exclusive cable and satellite rights.

The “Jerry Springer Show” has been airing as a strip on Living for the past three years and has developed into one of its more successful programs, attracting 4.9 million viewers per week. The new Povich talker will premiere on UK Living in January.

The deals were inked by UIT president Armando Nunez Jr. and Flextech managing director Brent Harmon. No figure was available for the value of the deals.

“Springer” is also being stripped in the U.K. at 1:30 p.m. on leading terrestrial web ITV, where it often beats the news and Aussie import “Neighbors” on rival BBC.

“The success of ‘Jerry’ in the U.K. mirrors the success of the show in the U.S.,” Nunez told Daily Variety. “The simultaneous terrestrial and cable exposures have actually complemented each other.”

Both shows are produced by Studios USA Talk Television and distributed internationally by UIT.

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