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WGN-TV fall Schedule

I am sure we all noticed the ads for Arsenio Hall, the expanded WGN Morning News, and now The Middle on WGN this September. Now, has WGN mentioned what their fall schedule will be?

We know the 4AM-1PM slots, but what about after that? With The Middle coming on at 4, where does that leave Millionaire. With Arsenio Hall at 10pm, does the WGN Night Cap return? Does anyone know what the full schedule will be?

Also, I know that Modern Family was cleared for syndication in Chicago. Any word on whether it will air on FOX 32 or My50Chicago? (my guess is My50)....Thanks!
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    Monday, August 12 2013, 09:47 AM - #permalink
    I thought I saw commercials for Modern Family on Fox? Or it could have been the U, but pretty sure it was Fox, because I thought what is going to happen with the Simpsons? I hope they drop Dish Nation.

    I don't watch MY50 much, so I don't think I saw the commercial there.

    Speaking of MY50, that mascot is such a sad sack. I love Frank Woolanski and will miss him if the night cap is gone. Maybe he'll fill time in the extra hour at 9 am. Heck, he could do weather like Skilling used to, lol.
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    Monday, August 12 2013, 11:25 AM - #permalink
    I saw the "Modern Family" promo and it is airing on WFLD/Fox 32 beginning Sept. 23, but it didn't say what time. WGN also has a new daytime talk show with "Parks and Rec's" Kirk Fox, but the name escapes me at the moment.
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    Monday, August 12 2013, 01:01 PM - #permalink
    OK! Cool! Wonder where they are going to but this daytime talk show! Probably replace Bill Cunningham? Maury stays at one! I guess time will tell! So I assume that a full schedule hasn't been released.

    Modern Family definitely won't air on the The U, since it was picked up by a FOX affiliate! I rarely watch FOX so that's why I was wondering.
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    Monday, August 12 2013, 05:57 PM - #permalink
    I thought The U and WFLD had some type of relationship. I thought when Seinfeld went from WFLD to the U, WFLD ran commercials telling viewers where they could find Seinfeld. That is why I thought there was a relationship. I just checked The U's webpage and they are independent.

    Maybe Seinfeld's people bought time on WFLD to announce the station change?
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    Monday, August 12 2013, 08:22 PM - #permalink
    They're airing The Middle at 4 PM? I would have thought that would be a show airing in the WGN Nightcap or whatever they're calling it or even expanding on it in lieu of the infomercials, but I know WCIU outbidded FOX 32/My 50 a few years ago for the Seinfeld rights and now mostly airs on the U Too channel at 11 PM I think, but don't quote me on that. I think Millionaire might be airing in place of one of the Maury repeats or maybe they move Ray to the afternoon block and air the new Millionaire show with Cedric Kyles from 10-11 AM...just a thought.
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    Monday, August 12 2013, 10:10 PM - #permalink
    Maury and Bill Cunningham have the best ratings at 1pm and 2pm in the market. They will use those strong lead ins to premiere their new show. Sitcoms replacing Millionaire will be a better lead in to the 5pm news. Arsenio will be 10pm replacing the worn out repeated over and over sitcoms. Two Men will stay at 7pm for now, again very high ratings so why mess with it. The 9am news on channel 9 will be a much better hour than Kelly and Strahan, do away with Rachel Ray and be local all morning. Not a bad line-up, so glad to see Arsenio back.
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    Monday, August 12 2013, 11:03 PM - #permalink
    I think you meant 6 PM as you're going on Eastern time there for Two and a Half Men, but I feel Ray needs to be moved in the afternoon block at 3 PM, possibly relocating Millionaire to 10 AM for two half-hour episodes as I can't see them putting it in the latenight hours as one case scenario.

    I don't know how long WGN's contract for Ray's show airing there runs but bottom line, they should just insert another hour of news at 10 AM, make the block 4 AM - 1 PM and that new show that's coming from Tribune should be airing around 11 PM to fit in with Arsenio's show and then expanding the late night comedy stuff from midnight to 2 AM, eliminating the one hour of infomercials or whatever it is they're airing currently there.

    A third option is maybe airing Millionaire and The Middle from 4-5 PM or switch it around as well, instead of a double shot for each show to balance the schedule out.
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    Tuesday, August 13 2013, 01:10 AM - #permalink
    Definitely a lot of possibilities. I disagree about the news stuff though. Personally I think there is TOO much news on the station. The Midday news should be cut back down to one hour. I love that WGN has all live and local newscasts, but pretty soon the entire station will be JUST news. It needs to be toned back a little. I hope they keep the night cap, because I do love the nightcap. Anyone know when the new schedule is supposed to be announced! Here is what we know so far.

    4AM-10AM- WGN Morning News
    10AM-11AM- Rachael Ray
    11AM-1PM- WGN Midday News
    1PM-2PM-Maury
    2PM-3PM- The Bill Cunningham Show
    3PM-4PM- ?
    4PM- The Middle.
    4:30PM- ? But likely The Middle again
    5PM-6PM- WGN Evening News
    6PM-7PM- Two and Half Men
    7PM-9PM- CW Network programming
    9PM-10PM- WGN News at Nine
    10PM-11PM- Arsenio Hall Show
    11PM-?- WGN Night Cap


    Here is my take. I love the nightcap and love the fact that are airing some defunct comedies nowadays but there does need to be some changes I feel. It's time to let go of 30 Rock and Family Guy! Keep Friends, Two and Half Men and According to Jim. However, they should have tried to pick up ANOTHER new comedy that just entered syndication in order to balance it out and keep it fresh with more current programming.

    I would air Millionaire at 4:30, leaving it with just one episode (second one was usually a repeat anyways). Throwthe other new talk show that they apparently added to the 3PM hour, then feature with NightCap at 11PM with the following:

    11PM: Friends
    11:30PM: According to Jim
    12:00AM: The Middle
    12:30AM: Friends
    1AM: NEW COMEDY (be it first run syndication or a old cancelled show)
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    Tuesday, August 13 2013, 07:27 PM - #permalink
    Ryan,

    I still think the new talk show they're airing next month would be a better fit in the 11 PM slot and then making the nightcap go from Midnight-2 AM and get rid of the infomercial airing or they can expand it into 2:30 AM and it still leaves an hour for the infomercials before they air Andy at 3:30 AM. As for The Middle and Millionaire, that should be a 4-5 PM slot right there with Middle at 4 PM and Millionaire at 4:30 PM. Ray should be moved to 3 PM and might as well go with straight up news from 4 AM - 1 PM, but I have a feeling that new Tribune show will be airing at 3 PM. If that's the case, then leave Ray at 10 AM for now, and expand the nightcap from 11 PM - 2 AM for all intensive purposes. Lots of scenarios to work with here.
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    Wednesday, August 14 2013, 02:28 AM - #permalink
    Definitely tons of scenarios! So the consensus is that they are keeping the nightcap? Any word on if new shows will be added or will it be the same old, same old (I am okay with Friends and Jim, but with The U airing Family Guy too, I just don't see a need for it on 3 different stations (if you count FOX).
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    Wednesday, August 14 2013, 05:20 PM - #permalink
    I don't know what new shows are coming into syndication down the pipeline as I heard there was one or two, but if so and WGN-TV attained the rights to air them as such, it would have to be in an extended nightcap lineup. That is all depending on where they place this new Maury-type show that is premiering next month on their affiliates, including WGN-TV, which my best guess again is 3 PM but would be a better fit at 11 PM, but we shall see what happens.
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    Monday, August 26 2013, 06:21 PM - #permalink
    As long as WGN dumps that useless POS 30 Rock I don't care what they put on. Tracey Morgan is an ignorant talentless idiot.
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