If things seem a bit confused in daytime TV on Monday, blame two things: Oprah and the U.S. Open.
Monday was already scheduled to be a tumultuous occasion; the first day of a new TV season without Oprah Winfrey's blockbuster syndicated talk show. And as a host of competing shows gear up to try snagging some of her fan base, CBS rescheduled some of its U.S. Open tennis coverage to Monday, disrupting things further.
Locally that means Dr. Phil's big interview with the parents of Casey Anthony, has been pushed back to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on local CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10. Monday, CBS will air the men's U.S. Open final from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a delayed half-hour of local news.
WTSP also unveils a new 9 a.m. newscast Monday, anchored by its morning team of Ginger Gadsden, Keith Jones and Bobby Deskins. The move allows the station to take more advertising revenue, but also creates a new program at a time when its existing newscasts struggle for ratings. (Just as well: The show it's replacing, Gossip Queens, was often pre-empted for infomercials.)
At 9 a.m. Monday on rival WFTS-Ch. 28, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper unveils his new daytime talk show Anderson with the parents and boyfriend of singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her London home at age 27 back in July. The station is also promoting heavily the return of Ellen DeGeneres' talk show at 4 p.m. — Oprah's old time slot locally — with an interview featuring new Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher.
Fox station WTVT-Ch. 13 welcomes The Wendy Williams Show at 11 a.m., rescued from an overnight time slot on another station, while WTTA-Ch. 38 presents scandal-chasing lawyer Gloria Allred in yet another courtroom show, We the People, at 2 p.m.
And one of Winfrey's proteges gets her old time slot; Dr. Oz moves from WFTS to WFLA-Ch. 8 at 4 p.m., coming back with a $1 million giveaway.