The Doctor is out
By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/1/2001 8:00:00 PM
Dr. Laura Schlessinger's daytime TV talk show is history.
The Paramount Domestic Television syndicated show wrapped production Friday with sources saying the controversial series will not be back for a second season. Dr. Laura has been at the center of protests from gay and lesbian groups since before it launched last September. Paramount taped a full season's worth of episodes so the 232 stations carrying the talker will have enough to get through the summer.
"We set out to create a program that offered daytime audiences a true alternative and we succeeded," Schlessinger said in a statement. "I believe it could have earned a substantial audience in time, but the television-advertiser boycott precluded that. Ironically, there were no protests by any special-interest group about any single television episode we produced this season."
Dr. Laura was downgraded by CBS O&Os in major markets shortly after it was launched. Schlessinger continues to host a daily syndicated radio show with Premiere Radio Networks.
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