‘Dr. Phil’ to make top 10 house calls

Chicago deal comes after pacts in Gotham, L.A.

This article was corrected on Aug. 2, 2001.

King World this week wrapped up deals in the remaining top 10 markets for upcoming syndie talker “Dr. Phil,” including a pact with NBC’s WMAQ Chicago.

Deal comes on the heels of pacts in the top two markets, with WCBS Gotham and KNBC Los Angeles (Daily Variety, July 31).

With several new clearances, King World now has deals to debut the show in Sept. 2002 on stations repping coverage of 55% of the country.

Beyond the trio of top market stations, top 10 market deals have been done with KYW Philadelphia; KRON San Francisco; WBZ Boston; KTVT Dallas; WRC Washington, D.C.; WDIV Detroit; and WXIA Atlanta.

The overall station lineup thus far reps 15 CBS affils, 16 NBC affils, six ABC affils and two indies.

Stations that carry “Oprah” were given first notice of “Dr. Phil’s” availability this summer by Winfrey’s Harpo Prods., which created and is developing the show. Skein stars “Oprah” regular Dr. Phil McGraw. Paramount Domestic TV is producing.

While none of the top 10 market stations that have bought “Dr. Phil” also carry “Oprah,” several of the other stations on board are “Oprah” stations.

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