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Posted: 1:43 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Dr. Oz moving to WSB-TV from Fox 5 in fall 2014, replacing 'Katie' 

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Dr. Mehmet Oz's talk show will be moving to WSB-TV from Fox 5 in the fall of 2014.

By Rodney Ho

Dr. Mehmet Oz will be moving his popular talk show from Fox 5 to WSB-TV in the fall of 2014, replacing Katie Couric's talk show, WSB-TV general manager Tim McVay confirmed.

Couric's show, which debuted in the fall of 2012 and airs weekdays on WSB-TV at 3 p.m., will not be back this fall after it failed to break into the top echelon of talk shows. While ratings weren't bad, reported that it was a very pricey show to produce and license.

"The Dr. Oz Show," which airs on Fox 5 at 2 p.m. weekdays, is currently in its fifth season and has become one of the more popular daytime talk shows. During the week ending Dec. 8, his medical show was the fourth most popular syndicated talk program behind the "Dr. Phil Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Live with Kelly & Michael." This season, it has averaged 3.1 million viewers.

This will be Dr. Oz's third home in Atlanta. When it debuted in 2009, the show was on the NBC affiliate WXIA-TV (11 Alive.).  His show moved to Fox 5 in 2011.

Couric, in the meantime, will start working with Yahoo! in January and will continue to create new episodes of "Katie" through June.

A Fox spokeswoman, on a holiday week, couldn't confirm what Fox 5 will replace Dr. Oz with but Fox-owned stations such as WAGA-TV have picked up the latest attempt to copy "The View" called "The Real." (CBS has been flying high lately with "The Talk."). It's set to debut in the fall of 2014. The concept is five women of different backgrounds gabbing about issues. Warner Brothers tested the show for four weeks this past summer in seven markets. The five women on the show will be actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, R&B singer Tamar Braxton, comic Loni Love, actress/singer Adrienne Bailon and fashion expert Jeannie Mai.

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