Nancy Grace Joins Dr. Phil’s Merit Street TV Start-Up

Dr. Phil and Nancy Grace are teaming up.

Grace, best known from her days hosting primetime shows focused on crime and justice on Court TV and HLN, will lead “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” for a new TV network launching under Merit Street Media, the new media company being developed by Phil McGraw with Trinity Broadcasting.

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Her new program will be part of a four-hour block that will include two hours of “COPS” and “JAIL,” followed by “True Crime: Dr. Phil,” classic “Dr. Phil,” episodes where McGraw investigated headlining cases. YouTube sensation “The Behavior Panel,” which relies on body language and behavioral experts Mark Bowden, Greg Hartley, Chase Hughes, and Scott Rouse, will air weekly shows on Fridays. The new block begins airing February 26, 2024, the premiere date of the new television network.

“Nancy is an unmatched expert and legend in this field,” said McGraw, in a statement. “She is a longtime friend which makes her joining Merit Street even more special.”

Merit Street Media expects to distribute its new lineup of programming via cable, satellite and broadcast stations, and has secured “commitments already exceeding 65 million television homes,” the company said in an earlier statement. Trinity’s programming is available on satellite distributors such as DirecTV and Dish and cable systems owned by Charter and Altice, among others.

“I am so proud to be part of Dr. Phil’s new endeavor, Merit Street Media,” Grace said in a statement. “I can now take the mission to fight crime and let the voices of crime victims be heard to an incredible new platform. As a crime fighter and victim of violent crime myself, this message is my life’s work.”

In her program, Grace will explore true crime stories that are in the headlines, as well as cold cases that develop new leads. She will also try to spotlight cases in a bid to bring closure to families still grappling with unresolved questions..

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