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|"Northwest Afternoon" cancelled!|
|Topic Started: Aug 13 2008, 08:19 PM (1,652 Views)|
|Rick||Aug 13 2008, 08:19 PM Post #1|
KOMO cancels 'Northwest Afternoon' after 24-year-run
As it basked in the afterglow of a strong showing at the regional Emmy Awards ceremony KOMO/4 announced Monday that it will pull the plug on "Northwest Afternoon," the locally produced talk and entertainment show that has been on the air for nearly 24 years.
In a news release distributed Monday afternoon, KOMO vice president and general manager Jim Clayton gave no reason for the decision. A station spokesman later said poor ratings are the culprit. "NWA" goes head to head in the Seattle market with "Rachael Ray" on KIRO/7 and "Dr. Phil" on KING/5.
The station said on-air personalities will remain with the station "and be integrated into news and other programming."
"Northwest Afternoon" is co-hosted by Natasha Curry, Cindi Rinehart and Kent Phillips. It offers the same sort of fare as nationally syndicated daytime programming -- touring authors, visiting celebrities, consumer advice, etc. -- with the added fillip of Rinehart's soap opera updates.
"Northwest Afternoon," which airs weekdays at 3 p.m., will wrap at the end of August and be replaced in the fall by "The Doctors," a nationally syndicated program developed by Dr. Phil McGraw's production company. "The Doctors" will feature an ensemble of medical experts in a roundtable discussion of daily topics.
Before the finale, Clayton said viewers can expect a retrospective look at some of the show's luminaries and landmark episodes over the years.
"This has been an outstanding program for many years in the local market," Clayton said. "Shows like 'Northwest Afternoon' are unique in today's broadcast industry. It is a true testament to those employees who have worked on it over the years."
Aside from newscasts and sports shows, original daily programming on commercial TV stations is increasingly rare. The departure of "NWA" will leave KING's "Evening Magazine" as the only locally produced daily program on commercial TV in Seattle.
KOMO introduced "Northwest Afternoon" in September 1984. The show's original co-hosts were Dick Foley and Dana Middleton.
|Rakesh198||Aug 13 2008, 08:20 PM Post #2|
||Never heard of it before!|
|IMissAremid||Aug 13 2008, 08:23 PM Post #3|
After all... tomorrow is another day!
|I love Cindi Rinehart's soap scoops from what I have seen of her online. I know shows like that just have no chance in today's broadcast world but that's still depressing to know it's going away.|
|darraholic||Aug 13 2008, 08:34 PM Post #4|
I noticed this last week when she was advertising her final show. It's truly sad. She's been doing this for well over 20 years. Before the Internet I always went to her for scoops etc...
I will miss her greatly even though I was getting sick of her constant GH pimping.
|Miss Rhi||Aug 13 2008, 08:35 PM Post #5|
"If Sami can't find happiness with a Martian, then she can't find happiness with anyone."
|Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray,& Oprah.......... :flipoff:|
|Drew||Aug 13 2008, 08:53 PM Post #6|
|Dragonish1||Aug 14 2008, 10:49 AM Post #7|
||I am really sad. I watched her via the net. I hate talk shows, seriously, self help to me is like giving yourself a filling or a root canal...dumb dumb dumb...I have never learned a useful thing from the likes of DR Phil. And I hate watching contrived celeb interviews...they never reveal anything I want to know about them on fluffy shows like that...So I can not help but think after hearing the news of this shows demise...SCREW The Person who axed this show up the ass witha steel toed boot. I swear every year that passes I watch less and less TV.|
|Jonatha||Aug 14 2008, 11:36 AM Post #8|
Thanks for posting, Rick. I heard this as a rumor last week and have been trying to verify it since. I've been a Cindi fan for many years via the internet. She gave out a lot of good interviews and great scoops. I'm sad to see this long time soap staple leave the air, it will be greatly missed by so many of Cindi's fans. :frown:
|pspcindy||Aug 14 2008, 06:26 PM Post #9|
Big mistake KOMO!
Cindi is well loved. One cannot help but appreciate her. Her love of the soap genre shines through with every broadcast.
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