Successful Brit talkshow will try Stateside launch
“The Jeremy Kyle Show” is a go for the 2011-12 season.
Hourlong daily talkshow has been cleared in more than 70% of the country and will air on Fox stations, CBS, Hearst, Cox, Newport and CW Plus broadcast groups beginning next September. Brit import is produced by ITV Studios and will be distributed by Debmar-Mercury.
Kyle’s chatfest has been No. 1 in the U.K., where it appears on ITV1. Show began on ITV in 2005.
“Top stations from across the country have committed to a full season of ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show,’ confirming our strong belief that this new U.S. version of a proven commodity will work as well with viewers here as it has in the U.K.,” said Debmar-Mercury toppers Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus. “It is easy to see why Jeremy is such a hit in Britain, where his show enjoys overwhelming popularity. We are confident American viewers will also be drawn to this great talent and his unique sensibility.”
The talkshow landscape is about to undergo major changes as Oprah Winfrey exits her top-rated yakker next spring.
Debmar-Mercury distributes the Tyler Perry skeins “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns” for TBS.
Stateside ITV productions include “Hell’s Kitchen” for Fox and “Steven Seagal’s Lawman” on A&E.