CBS Television Distribution has announced it has cleared a new talk show featuring preacher T.D. Jakes on the Tribune station group beginning in September 2009.
The Jakes project is being produced by Stage 29 Productions, who is headed by Jay McGraw, son of talk show host Dr. Phil. Already, Stage 29 is producing The Doctors for CBS.
T.D. Jakes is a pastor at The Potter House, a mega-church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with about 30,000 members. He is also a successful author and has appeared on The Tom Joyner Morning Show (which is also based in Dallas.)
The program is expected to air on all the Tribune stations, including WGN-TV in Chicago. However, it is unclear what time period the show will end up. A possibility may be at 2 p.m., where The Steve Wilkos Show currently airs, if the show doesn't come back for a third season (Wilkos' season-to date rating is 0.9.)
It also remains to be seen how a show featuring a preacher will fit into a daytime lineup of a station group that features schlocky talk shows hosted by Maury Povich and Jerry Springer.