Tribune Shooting Court-Show Pilot
Show to feature WPIX's Lionel
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/24/2012 6:45:26 PM
Tribune is shooting a court-show pilot with Lionel, also known as Michael William Lebron, a lawyer by trade and a radio talent who's been offering commentary on Tribune's WPIX New York since 2010.
The show, which is in very early development, is intended to complement Tribune's block of conflict talkers as well as its court shows, such as Warner Bros.' Judge Mathis and People's Court, in some markets.
Under the leadership of Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting's president of programming, Tribune has developed a few of its own shows, including Bill Cunningham, which now airs on The CW network at 3 p.m. in most markets.
Next fall, Tribune will launch a new version of Arsenio Hall in late-night, in partnership with CBS Television Distribution.
The pilot is being produced out of Chicago by ITV Studios America, which also produces Cunningham, Raycom's America Now, and Fox's Hell's Kitchen. Tribune hasn't found a distributor for the show yet, but it's still very early in the process.
Lionel, 54, appears on WPIX's morning show as well as its 5 and 10 p.m. news casts. Prior to joining WPIX, The Lionel Show was nationally syndicated on the WOR Radio Network, originating from WOR 710 AM New York. Starting in May 2007, Lionel hosted a daily three-hour talk show on Air America Radio, which went off the air in January 2010.
Lionel launched his radio career in Florida, where he started on the radio in Tampa and soon became the afternoon drive-time host on WFLA. In 1993, he was named the morning drive-time host on WABC 770 AM New York. In the late 1990s, he hosted CourtTV's Snap Judgment.
I'm a big fan of Lionel from his radio days in Florida. I was happy when Tribune put him on the air at WPIX and I'll certainly be watching if this new show comes to fruition. I think it's a smart move by Tribune.
Lynn - 9/24/2012 11:46:12 PM EDT
Agree, Broadcasters should have been more aggressive in the mid-2000's, now it is getting late in the game. Smart of Tribune to lead the way on Arsenio and to get into the court business. The "WHO YOUR DADDY" shows are tired.
JDH - 9/24/2012 11:45:47 PM EDT
Jed, or Dean, George or Jeff whatever your name is. Good for Tribune, taking control of its own destiny and partnering with experts to get it right. You lose credibility when you refer to successful risk takers as butt kissers. What Tribune is doing is risky and kudos for their efforts along with Scripps, Raycom and others putting it on the line.
Chris - 9/24/2012 11:29:07 PM EDT
Sean Compton is a Sam Zell/randy Michaels cronie who couldn't program a station or network if his life depended on it. He's a good butt-kisser though to upper management to save his job and putting crap like this, Cunningham and others really tell you the kind of shape Tribune is in right now. New owners can't come quick enough.
Jed - 9/24/2012 10:15:41 PM EDT
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