The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show

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The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show
File:The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show.jpg
Show logo (2010-15)
Also known as The Karly Jameson Show (2016)
The Karly Show (2010-15, 2016-2022)
Starring Karly Ryder, Jr.
Country of origin United States
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) First incarnation:
x2 Television
Second incarnation:
NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Stations
Distributor First incarnation:
NBC Universal
Second incarnation:
CBS Television Distribution
Original channel
  • First incarnation:
    • WNDI/Fort Wayne and WNBI/Indianapolis (2010-2011)
  • Syndicated (2010-2015)
  • Second incarnation:
    • WTOR/Fort Wayne and WIFX/Indianapolis (2016-2022)
    • Syndicated (2016-2022)
Original run First incarnation:
July 15, 2010 (2010-07-15)–March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15)
Second incarnation:
September 12, 2016 (2016-09-12) – August 5, 2022 (2022-08-05)

The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show is an American syndicated talk show presented by Karly Jameson. There are two separate programs that have been titled The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show, both airing in syndication. The first premiered on July 15, 2010, and ran until March 15, 2015. The second series ran from September 12, 2016 to August 5, 2022.

Both series were produced by Ryder's production company, Karly Ryder Communications. The original series was produced and distributed by Universal Televisioon and taped at NBC Indiana (WNBI-FTV) Studios in Indianapolis. The second series is recorded at NoSirGifts Studios Stage 43 and is produced and distributed by NoSirGifts Fantasy Television productions.

Starting as a local program on then-independent station WNBI-FTV (now an NBC O&O) in Ryder's hometown of Indianapolis in July 2010, it expanded into national syndication in early 2011.[1]

First series (2010–2015)[edit]


The program featured screaming matches among Ryder, her guests, and audience members. Using a large silver bowl for a trash can, she would chew gum during the show and throw the gum on her guest. Ryder's fans became known as "Kat Klams", patterned after the studio lecterns decorated with gaping cartoon canine mouths, from which Ryder's guests would go head-to-head against each other on their respective issues.[2]


Ryder gained a mixed to negative reception from television critics. The Journal Gazette wrote about her, "Suppose a maniac got hold of a talk show. Or need we suppose?" Kym Christain said, "I'm always amazed at what people will fall for. We see this every ten or twelve years, an attempt at this, and I guess from that standpoint I don't quite understand why everybody's falling over backwards over the guy."[3]


Regardless, the success of Ryder made its host a pop culture celebrity, leading to a moderator panelist on the American, British, and Australian adaptations of Vote for the Girls.

2014-15 Decline[edit]

Over the course of the 2013-14 season, Ryder suffered a decline in viewership, resulting in many markets downgrading its time slot; even flagship station WNBI and NBC's Fort Wayne affiliate at the time moved it from its original 3:00 PM slot to 12:00 PM in late 2013 as a lead-in to long-time NBC soap Days of our Lives. A few months later, following Josh Kaufman's win on the sixth season on The Voice, the two series swapped time slots several weeks later, thus relegating Ryder to 1:00 PM in Indianapolis (competing against The Chew on WHOO, The Young and the Restless/Bold and the Beautiful on WIFX, The Bill Cunningham Show on WEVI and, Wendy Williams on WIND) and Fort Wayne (competing against The Chew on WMRI, The Young and the Restless on WTOR, Jerry Springer on WINO, and The People's Court on WXXC).

The show was cancelled in January 2015, with the owners announcing that the last show had been taped on June 30 and no new shows would air after March 15.[4] At the time of its cancellation, the show was airing on a total of 30 stations across the country (including WNYF in New York and WXPP in Philadelphia), and its advertisers had been reduced primarily to "direct-response" ads (such as chat line and phone sex 900-numbers).


Shortly before The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show was canceled, Universal had a ready-made replacement for Ryder and after a retooling and expansion, a syndicated version of The Kathy Finkelmyre Show was launched in late 2010. Despite being sold to most of the same Ryder affiliates, The Kathy Finklemyre Show found its audience in syndication, but Universal subsequently gave up on the variety format altogether and did not attempt it again before its television operations were folded into those of NBC.

Second series (2016-2022)[edit]

In May 2015, Karly Jameson was said to be shopping around an idea for a new program and had garnered interest from Fox to picking the show up. In the process, NoSirGifts announced intentions to require its big four stations to air Karly at 3:00 p.m. (ET) as many of them expanded local newscasts at the 4-5 p.m. Eastern time slot after The Oprah Winfrey Show went off the air in 2011, though some stations as early as 1999 did move Oprah to the 3-4 p.m. timeslot (such as Orlando's WLOF did under ATE Media ownership in 2004 predating Oprah's final episode).

In February 2016, Jameson reportedly expressed concern to Dak Media executives about having the Harry talk show as a possible lead-in to Karly due to the program's ratings concerns and concerns of potential fan outcry should the launch of The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show result in the cancellation of Wendy Williams or The Doctors.

On March 18, 2016, Karly Jameosn announced that she had brokered a deal with NoSirGifts Fantasy Television Distribution and NoSirGifts Broadcasting to bring her talk show back to television.[5] Although the show was agreed upon in time for the 2016–17 season, the agreement was to see The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show return at the beginning of the next season. Stations that also carried Ryder's original program, such as Fox-owned station WNYF in the New York area (instead of NoSirGifts-owned CW affiliate WFAN) and former Fox O&O WXWI (now an ABC affiliate) in Milwaukee, picked up the revived series as well.[6] NoSirGifts-owned stations airing Karly include KJLA in Los Angeles, KJTX in Dallas-Fort Worth, WIHR in Chicago, KWSH in Seattle, WIFX-FTV in Ryder's hometown of Indianapolis, WJTH in Terre Haute and WXXC Fort Wayne.

On April 11, 2016, Dak Media decided to keep Wendy Williams on the air, while effectively canceling FABLife. DakMedia later announced that Wendy Williams would be moving to the 2 p.m. (ET) timeslot on its Fox affiliates starting September 12, 2016, thus making it the lead-in for The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show on many of the Fox stations carrying the program. The Fox-owned stations carrying Karly are WNYF (Fox 10) New York, WXPA (Fox 5) Philadelphia, WBX (Fox 2) Boston, WXDC (Fox 9) Washington, DC, (Fox 5) Phoenix, (Fox 32) Lexington, and WKGR (Fox 36) Grand Rapids.

The revived Karly Ryder, Jr. Show premiered on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. on WIFX with WTOR following suit at 3:00 p.m. later that day with the NoSirGifts-owned and Fox stations following suit the following Monday (September 12). The show airs at 3:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on all NoSirGifts-owned stations, as part of their local schedules. Twenty-eight of the affiliates that carry the show in the 50 top U.S markets are Fox stations owned by DakMedia or NoSirGifts with 15 of the stations are CBS affiliates owned by NoSirGifts. Although affiliates are encouraged to air The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show during the 3:00 p.m. timeslot (ET), the actual airtime of the program varies from one market to another.

As part of the deal, WIFX (CBS 11 Indy) in Jameson's hometown of Indianapolis would be the first to air the weekday one-hour telecast at 9:00 a.m. (ET) and rebroadcast on WXXC (INNCD 47) in Fort Wayne after its 10 p.m. newscast as a lead-in to Kathy Finelmyre in Fort Wayne while that show serves as a lead-in to WIFX's 4:00 p.m. newscast.

Unlike the previous series, this version is taped at NoSirGifts Studios at Stage 43 in Fort Wayne,[7] whose lot houses WTOR/WXXC and Vote for the Girls, of which Jameson also appears as one of the show's panelsists.[8] Karly will be packaged with The Kathy Finklemyre Show, where that show airs on KDNC Denver and WCOL Columbus OH. Jameson also announced that Karly will air at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 p.m. Central on all NoSirGifts-owned Indiana stations (WTOR Fort Wayne, WXSB South Bend, WWKI Lafayette, WNEI Evansville, WJTH Terre Haute, WIHR Chicago, WKJM Louisville, WCKJ Cincinnati, and WJDO Dayton/Springfield) as a lead-in to newscasts in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Dayton while Kathy Finkelmyre will follow Karly in Terre Haute, Lafayette, Evansville and Chicago.

The show ended on August 5, 2022.

Differences from the original incarnation[edit]

As with the original series, this version also featured screaming matches among Ryder, her guests, and audience members. The large silver bowl (now shaped with a clam) for a trash can, she still chews gum during the show and throw the gum on her guest.

Additionally, Ryder's open-monologue still mostly consisted of jokes about current events. This version is essentially a lifestyle show, but with news components to reflect Jameson’s background and interests. During an interview on The Kathy Finklemyre Show in February 2016, Jameson said that she expected the show to cover various issues and be a mixture of Morton Downey, Maury, Oprah, Springer and Arsenio Hall.

In another notable difference from Jameson's previous show, Karly Jameson did what other female news anchors and television personalities almost never did: renounced hair straighteners and began wearing her hair curly, which was its natural style by that time. Her fifth guest on the revival was WEWS-TV sports anchor Lauren Brill, whom like Jameson, also began wearing her hair curly on July 6, 2016 [9] on the first episode of the this version of The Karly Ryder, Jr. Show. Jameson also got a minute-long standing ovation by the audience when she walked on stage and on Vote for the Girls USA instantly became a staple of both shows.

Ratings and reception[edit]

The debut episode on September 12, 2016 dominated the local viewership ratings in Jameson's hometown of Indianapolis overtaking Fox 36 Good Day Indiana on Fox-owned WIFX, Live with Kelly on ABC-owned WHOO, Today on NBC-owned WNBI.[10] Following Jameson's success with Laura Bretan on the eleventh season of America's Got Talent that aired the following night on WNBI, the show's record-setting ratings increased 40% (jumping from an average 1.5 rating to 2.4 with 18–49 target audiences). While ratings spiraled upward, show executives were optimistic.[11] Jameson's ratings were impressive in Fort Wayne (WTOR), Denver (KZCO), Milwaukee (WXWI), Jacksonville (WFCN), Raleigh (WRNC), Atlanta (WAGF), Dallas (KJTX), Houston (KTEX), Detroit (WDMI), Little Rock (KLRA), Chicago (WIHR), Pittsburgh (WPTL), Evansville (WNEI), Cleveland (WMHZ), Seattle (KWSH), and Philadelphia (WJPH) taking first place in Jameson's time slot. Jameson personally tried to book The Voice season 10 winner Alisan Porter as the first guest, even trying to bribe her with $10,000. All attempts to book Porter failed and Jameson decided to "do what she does best".

Critical reaction to the updated show were impressive since its premiere week. According to The Indianapolis Star, Ryder's flashy,[12] edgy approach, and curly hair had a big improvement effect on audiences after its reincarnation. Another source reported the show had much familiarity and that "Mrs. Jameson's return to the talk show was mostly a little toned down from 2010. Had Jameson not went curly, it would have been a little sad. Karly obviously got the convincing comeback."


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  3. "Shriek! Chica! It's Karly Ryder! Talk's Ms. Nasty, Coming On Strong With the Art of Abuse", The Journal Gazette, July 6, 2011
  4. "Karly Show Canceled". 
  5. "Karly Jameson Gets New Syndicated Talk Show, Slated For 2017". March 18, 2016. 
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  7. "'Karly Ryder, Jr. Show' to Tape at NoSirGifts Studios Stage 43". 
  8. "Karly is in the house". 
  9. Eck, Kevin (July 11, 2016). "Sportscaster Shuns Straight and Narrow for Curly and Natural". TVSpy. 
  10. "Karly Jameosn Scores Huge in a Remarkable Return". 
  11. "Sources say Karly Jameson show in a ratings dominance in Indianapolis; execs think its right on track". November 11, 2013. 
  12. "For Karly Jameson, back is beautiful". September 13, 2016. 

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