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Ebert’s new ‘At the Movies’ debuts Jan. 21

“Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies,” the new Chicago-based public-television movie-review show being shepherded by the Chicago Sun-Times’ esteemed film critic, is set to make its debut Jan. 21 in 192 U.S. markets, Ebert announced Monday night via Twitter.

The program also will be available to U.S. servicemen and women around the world through the Armed Forces Network, Ebert said.

No new shows slated for Oprah’s Chicago studios

From Crain’s Chicago Business | After “The Oprah Winfrey Show” finishes taping its last season in May, the two studios at Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Inc. may simply go dark while programs for her new OWN cable network are being filmed in Los Angeles and New York.

Currently, executives say behind-the-scenes production work will keep Harpo’s 400 Chicago-based workers busy and have hinted that a new program may eventually take place in Chicago. But early contenders, shows featuring Dr. Oz and designer Nate Berkus, are being filmed in New York. Get the full story>>

Comcast SportsNet picks up ‘The Dan Patrick Show’

Comcast SportsNet Chicago said Monday it is picking up DirecTV’s newly syndicated video simulcast of Fox Sports Radio’s “The Dan Patrick Show.” Patrick’s show will run live, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays, beginning Oct. 25.

Tribune Co. to launch digital channel Antenna TV

Tribune Co., following the lead of WCIU-Ch. 26 parent Weigel Broadcasting, is launching a service supplying digital subchannel programming for local TV stations. Antenna TV, beginning Jan. 3, will deliver a round-the-clock slate of vintage TV series reruns and movies from Sony and DLT Entertainment to a secondary digital channel of WGN-Ch. 9 and those of other Tribune Co. stations.

Kate Sullivan new anchor at WBBM-Ch. 2

Kate Sullivan, a morning anchor at CBS New York flagship WCBS-TV, is headed to Chicago’s perennially struggling, oft-changing WBBM-Ch. 2, according to multiple reports.

Sullivan will be teamed with Rob Johnson on Channel 2’s 10 p.m. weeknight newscast after Labor Day, a Chicago Public Media report said. CBS-owned WBBM had no immediate comment, although staffers reportedly were told Wednesday.

WLS plans live, local show to replace Oprah in ‘11

Oprah Winfrey joins Roger King, left, chairman of King World, and Joseph Ahern, right, former general manager of WLS-TV, in 1985 to announce her talk show would be syndicated nationally. WLS is going to go for local talent again. (File/AP)

Other television stations that carry “The Oprah Winfrey Show” have a syndicated afternoon hit to replace when the Chicago-based daytime juggernaut leaves the air after 25 seasons in September 2011. But WLS-Ch. 7 has no intention of ponying up for syndicated fare in the 9 a.m. time slot.

“Morning Rush” is the working title of Channel 7’s planned 9 a.m. show, according to Chicago Public Media blogger Robert Feder, who reported the station has posted a job opening for an executive producer who will be responsible for developing the show, hiring on-air and behind-the-scenes staff and overseeing production.

Weigel’s WCIU to air Garry Meier special

Garry Meier, co-star with former radio partner Steve Dahl of 1980s TV efforts such as “It’s Too Early” and the award-winning “Greetings from Graceland,” has landed a one-hour interview special with Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU-Ch. 26.

“The Garry Meier Special” is set for 10:30 p.m. July 11 on Channel 26. It represents something new for the 3 p.m.-to-7 p.m. weekday host on Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co.’s WGN-AM 720, although Meier was a full-time WGN-Ch. 9 feature reporter for around nine months in 1995.

Kohl’s to sponsor Oprah’s new reality series

Kohls-Two-Website.jpgA Kohl’s store in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By Sandra M. Jones | Kohl’s Department Stores is going Hollywood.

The discount department store chain signed a deal with the Oprah Winfrey Network to sponsor the talk show diva’s new reality series. “Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” and plans to hold auditions in its stores in June.

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