King World fills in ‘Phil’ cities

Skein sold to 123 stations for '02 launch

King World Prods. has sold its upcoming syndie strip “Dr. Phil” to 123 stations, repping more than 86% of the country, for a fall 2002 launch.

Recent clearances include KPRC Houston, WFOR Miami, WKMG Orlando, WTNH Hartford-New Haven, WSMV Nashville, WISN Milwaukee, WSPA Greenville-Spartanburg, WVEC Norfolk, and WVUE New Orleans, among others.

Previously announced clearances include WCBS New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WMAQ Chicago, among others.

The license fees King World has secured so far more than cover anticipated production costs, sources said. The license fee deals are approaching $1 million per week, and production costs are expected to be less than half that.

The one-hour daily series will feature Dr. Phil McGraw, Ph.D., who appears weekly on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He will continue to appear on “Oprah” during the 2001-02 TV season.

Paramount Domestic TV will produce, and King World is distribbing in national syndication. Winfrey’s Harpo Prods. created the skein.

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