CBS TV Distribution’s ‘The Test’ Hosted By Kirk Fox A Go For Fall 2013 Launch

With NBCUniversal’s talk show hosted by comedian Steve Harvey emerging as the sleeper syndication talker hit this season, CBS TV Distribution, which struck out with The Jeff Probst Show, is betting on a first-run show starring another comedian for next fall. The company will be rolling out The Test, a syndicated alternative talk show hosted by Kirk Fox (Parks & Recreation) after clearing it in a majority of the country with Tribune as a launch station group. The Test, produced by Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Prods. and distributed by CBSTD, will resolve disputes with the help of DNA and lie detector tests whose results will be revealed on the show. Production is slated to begin in the next several months. The Test was one of two syndicated shows built around DNA testing that were developed for next fall, along with MGM Television’s Paternity Court.

Comments (16)

  • Well, it already has two strikes against it…airing on Tribune stations and produced by the McGraws…third strike…getting piss poor ratings which will happen with an unknown as Fox…this show is aka a Maury ripoff.

    Comment by Zeke — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 5:27pm PST  
  • who says kirk fox is an unknown? that’s not really fair.

    Comment by herpderp — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 6:09pm PST  
  • It will probably be great because Kirk Fox is hosting it!!

    Comment by Tammie — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 6:11pm PST  
  • Who IS this guy and how did he get a syndicated talker? Why a comedian when it doesnt seem like that funny of a show.

    Comment by whothawhattha — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 6:16pm PST  
  • Maybe he can get his former father in-law a guest spot. CLINT EASTWOOD.

    Comment by Who Asked You Anyway — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 7:07pm PST  
  • Dont we already have Maury doing this for 2 decades?

    Both in daytime and primetime, someone needs to come up with a new format and genre.

    The View did that with a panel show – lots of imitators and most failed until CBS did The Talk. We also had the medical genre with The Doctors and Dr Oz. We had the judge shows which after Judge Judy multiplied so much to make my head spin with how many of these shows exist – theyre basically talk shows in a different format. We had the sensational that the old Ricki started and morphed to its extreme to Jerry (& Maury) – both of which are on now for 2 decades so someone is watching and syndicators still try with Steve and the latest Trisha and Cunningham and Jeremy which arent doing as well. The food shows, Rachael Ray and then The Chew (which bundled the multiple hosts with food), and we could go on and on from the Oprah esque Katie to AndersonLive (which I think is much better this year) now trying to copy the Kelly format (if he wouldve just taken that job instead)

    In primetime, I think we need a breakout family friendly or edgy variety show. Back to the days of Sonny & Cher (what Id give to see her as a judge on Idol); Carol Burnett; even those dreaded Mandrells- I dont know thats theres an audience for singing and comedy but someone should be able to do it in a unique way

    Something original – I find myself more watching TV Land – missing shows like Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cosby, Love a modern day I love lucy…just some originality besides these idiotic procedurals and yet another show about cops, doctors, firefighters, lawyers..or soaps disguised as

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 7:37pm PST  
  • Congrats to Kirk- he’s funny, but more than that- he is a good guy who deserves some good news- he has slugged it out for years and has always been the guy on the pilot where the lead breaks their leg in a freak accident and the show scrapped- about time, Kirk. He will be great in this milieu.

    Comment by donal logue — Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 11:39pm PST  
  • What the hell? CAN I GET A TALK SHOW? Who is Kirk Fox? Why is Maury leaving? Does anyone believe in love anymore?

    Comment by G-Unit — Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 3:56pm PDT  
  • Ive seen Kirk Fox live and he is really really good, I think he’s going to be very funny in this format.

    Comment by heavysugar — Monday May 13, 2013 @ 6:10pm PDT  
  • So I was on the show and it was the worst experience I’ve ever had . When your trying to come clean and this guy makes it a laughing matter is the worst feeling any one should have to experience

    Comment by Justina heger — Friday June 7, 2013 @ 2:59pm PDT  
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