17 and out for 'Montel'; 'Best of' due


"The Montel Williams Show" will end its run at the end of this season after 17 years on the air.

CBS Television Distribution, the syndicated show's producer and distributor, is offering the compilation series "Best of Montel" for the fall, which includes 52 weeks of highlight episodes from the show.

"We have been honored to have Montel as a part of our family for the past 17 years, and we're very excited that Montel will live on through these 'best of' episodes," said John Nogawski, president and COO of CBS TV Distribution.

In a similar move, Sony Pictures TV recently said that it will cease production on the veteran court show "Judge Hatchett" after the end of its current eighth season and cull from the series' library to present 52 themed weeks for the fall (HR 12/26).