Two new shows have popped up to carry on the torch of what Jerry Springer started and Maury Povich perfected.
Hosted by TV personality Kirk Fox, The Test is billed as a one-hour conflict-resolution talk show that will use lie detector tests, drug tests and DNA tests to settle relationship and paternity disputes among guests.
“The Test fills a growing niche in daytime television that the audience is really responding to,” said Joe DiSalvo, president of sales at CBS Television Distribution.
The Test has been sold to Tribune Broadcasting and 29 Sinclair Communications stations, among others.
Another show that is using DNA testing as its premise is the aptly-named Paternity Court, which sees family lawyer and legal analyst Lauren Lake act as judge as she hears and rules on paternity cases and renders DNA test results.
The show will be produced by MGM Domestic Television Distribution, and 79th and York Entertainment and will appear on stations from CBS, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, Weigel Broadcasting, Cox Media Group, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Meredith Corporation, Local TV, Journal Communications and Fisher Communications.
It recently began filming and it will premiere on Sept. 23, 2013.