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CBS Television Distribution will give a new daytime talk show a tryout on Fox stations in January.
The show, Breakthrough With Dr. Steve Perry, will get a two-week audition in eight markets, including some of the country’s largest ones, starting Jan. 7. A successful run could then lead to a full series pickup.
Perry is an educator and founder of Capital Preparatory Schools, a nonprofit that runs charter schools in New York City and Hartford, Connecticut, with a focus on sending low-income students, many of them first-generation high school graduates, to four-year colleges.
He also is a commentator for CNN and MSNBC, Essence magazine columnist and education adviser to Oprah Winfrey, Sean Combs and Bishop T.D. Jakes.
“We are excited to bring Dr. Perry’s unique voice and inspiring perspective to daytime,” Angelica McDaniel, executive vp syndicated program development for CBS TV Distribution, said Wednesday in a statement. “He has been committed to improving the lives of American families for decades, and we are thrilled to be taking the work he does in his office every day and moving it to television so that millions more people can benefit from his wisdom and advice.”
Added Frank Cicha, senior vp programming for Fox Television Stations: “We think Breakthrough has potential. And being able to present it in January, when there isn’t much going on in syndication, makes it that much more compelling. Our goal is to deliver fresh programming year-round, so we’re glad to be working with CBS on this.”
Each episode will have Perry offering counsel to guests who may be in crisis or facing a life-altering decision. His advice will include a mix of tough love and humor.
“What makes TV matter is when it adds value to our lives,” said Perry. “There’s nothing more valuable than learning how to arrive at a breakthrough, and I look forward to sharing that experience with viewers.”
Breakthrough With Dr. Steve Perry will air on Fox-owned stations in New York; Los Angeles; Houston; Atlanta; Phoenix; Detroit; Orlando, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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