Debmar-Mercury, teaming with producer ITV STUDIOS AMERICA, has provided a firm production commitment to The Jeremy Kyle Show for the 2011-12 season. The talk strip has been cleared in more than 70 percent of the U.S., including nine of the top-10 markets and the FOX stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, announced Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.
The one-hour daily talk show, an original American version of Kyle’s No. 1-rated daytime talk show in the U.K., appearing on ITV1, will debut in September 2011 on stations belonging to the FOX, Sinclair, CBS, Hearst, Cox, Newport and CW Plus broadcast groups.
“Top stations from across the country have committed to a full season of The Jeremy Kyle Show, confirming our strong belief that this new U.S. version of a proven commodity will work as well with viewers here as it has in the U.K.,” Bernstein and Marcus stated. “It is easy to see why Jeremy is such a hit in Britain, where his show enjoys overwhelming popularity. We are confident American viewers will also be drawn to this great talent and his unique sensibility.”
Kyle, born and raised in London, stormed onto British television sets with The Jeremy Kyle Show, which debuted on ITV Daytime in 2005. More than 1,000 episodes later, his program is ITV’s No. 1 daytime show and draws a regular 30% audience share in its time slot. Kyle’s straight-talking style has turned him into a cult figure in the U.K., where he is one of the most recognizable and talked about TV personalities.
The U.S. version of The Jeremy Kyle Show will be distributed domestically in the U.S. by Debmar-Mercury, which has teamed with ITV STUDIOS AMERICA, led by president-CEO Paul Buccieri, and internationally by ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment.