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Eyemark eyes Dr. Browne

CBS syndie arm developing talker with radio shrink

CBS’ syndie arm, Eyemark Entertainment, is developing a talkshow strip with syndicated radio shrink Dr. Joy Browne.

Insiders say the show has been in the works for some time and could be officially unveiled later this week.

The project is likely being developed for Eyemark’s sibling CBS O&O group, but no deals have been finalized.

Details of the proposed show were sketchy. It’s understood to be an hour-long talkshow format with an emphasis on self-help topics. Browne is a licensed psychologist and a frequent guest on daytime TV talker “Good Morning America” and the like.

Browne has been a nationally syndicated radio personality since 1987; she’s been with Gotham-based WOR-AM and its WOR radio network since 1992. She has penned a handful of nonfiction titles, including 1989’s “When They Don’t Call When They Say They Will … And Other Mixed Signals” and 1988’s “Nobody’s Perfect: Advice for Blame-Free Living.”

Earlier this year, Eyemark courted the popular radio advice maven Dr. Laura Schlessinger for a TV gig, but the family-values firebrand backed away from the talks for what she described as moral reasons after Eyemark unveiled plans to distribute a latenight vehicle featuring the always racy Howard Stern (Daily Variety, April 8).

People close to the situation say Eyemark had actually been talking about doing a show with Browne prior to its discussions with Schlessinger.

An Eyemark rep declined to comment on the project, and Browne could not be reached.

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