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Meredith Vieira’s Show Will Have a Band

MVieiraMeredith Vieira talks with THR about why, after several years of several offers, she decided now is the right time to host a daytime talk show.

“I’m not trying to beat people over the head with my views or be polemic or insipid,” says Vieira. “I just want people to feel like they want to spend an hour at Meredith’s home.”

She will have a sidekick, and there will be a band. “[T]hat’s long been one of my fantasies: Whenever I had a bad day, I wanted to go home and open the door and have a band playing. I thought that would be cool. If I can’t have it at my real house, I may as well do it here.”

As for her “Today” show predecessor’s try at a talk show:

What do you think went wrong with Katie Couric’s talk show?

I can’t really speak to what happened. I don’t know. All I know is that it’s really important, I think, to have a cohesive staff. And I know that’s not always easy to do, but that’s why I think we’re being so meticulous about it.

In its three years on the air, Couric’s show had several executive producers, including Jeff Zucker, Michael Bass, Kathy Samuels, Michael Morrison, Ethan Nelson and Rachel Miskoweic (some working together as co-EPs). Vieira’s show launches this fall and is already sold in 85% of the country, including on the 10 NBC-owned stations.

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‘Katie’ Shakes Up Leadership Team, as Co-EPs and Director Exit

After just a few weeks running Katie Couric‘s syndicated talk show “Katie,” Rachel Miskowiec is shaking up the leadership team there.

Two of the program’s co-executive producers, Kathy Samuels and Ethan Nelson, are departing. Samuels joined the program before it launched last year, while Nelson came on board earlier this year.

Also departing is director Joe Terry, Oprah Winfrey‘s old director, who joined the program at launch. B&C’s Paige Albiniak has more on the departures.

Syndicated TV is rife with staff turnaround, particularly at the top of the food chain. “Katie” debuted to a successful first season, but the numbers were not as high as the studio was hoping, resulting in the addition of Miskowiec, the former EP of “The Tyra Banks Show.”

‘GMA’ Weekend Senior Producer Heads to Queen Latifah Show

Catherine McKenzie, “Good Morning America” weekend senior producer, is leaving the network and joining Queen Latifah’s upcoming talk show as supervising producer.

McKenzie, who oversees the weekend edition of “GMA” and produces for the weekday show, was also part of the team that produced “Good Afternoon America” during its summer 2012 run. The other senior producer on that show, Ethan Nelson, recently joined Katie Couric‘s syndicated show.

McKenzie has been with ABC for the last 18 years: 4 at ABC, and 14 years at WABC. Deadline has the other staff announcements on Queen Latifah. The show launches this Fall.

The Morning Ticker: ‘Katie’, King, Esposito

The Ticker: Fox/Twitter, ‘GAA’ Makeover, Paul Ryan

  • The executive producer of “Good Afternoon America” Ethan Nelson got a little surprise from his staff this week. Nelson was given an “ambush makeover” by stylist and author Amy E. Goodman. What happened? “Goodman freed him from his drab, behind-the-scenes wardrobe and transformed him into a scene-stealing newsmaker.”
  • GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is finally doing his round-robin interviews, talking to the evening news anchors and the cable news channels. Ryan was originally slated to do interviews with the morning shows, but that was canceled late yesterday.

Ethan Nelson Joins ‘GMA’ as Senior Broadcast Producer

ABC’s “Good Morning America” is adding a new senior producer to its ranks, just days after announcing a new newsreader.

Ethan Nelson is joining “GMA” as senior broadcast producer. Nelson joins “GMA” following the announcement that ESPN’s Josh Elliot and “The Insider”‘s Lara Spencer would be joining the program as newsreader and lifestyle anchor, respectively. The moves come after James Goldston assumed senior EP duties on the program in February. Tom Cibrowski is still EP of “GMA.”

Nelson had been a producer for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” where he worked closely with the former “Today” and “Early Show” anchor.