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.”
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- Katie Couric‘s daytime talk show is adding to its executive ranks after losing EP Jeff Zucker to CNN, according to THR’s Marisa Guthrie. Ethan Nelson and Matt Strauss have been named co-EPs. Nelson comes from ABC News, where he oversaw “Good Afternoon America,” while Strauss gets a bump from producer.
- Speaking of Katie Couric, Larry King responded to Couric’s recollection of a date they had together on Ora TV. He says it didn’t exactly turn out the way she said it did, and asked Jimmy Kimmel for equal time to give his side of the story.
The former EP of CBS’ “The Early Show,” who was also Jeff Zucker‘s top deputy at the NBC morning show “Today,” is reuniting with his old boss at the upcoming talk show “Katie.”
Michael Bass served as the number two to Zucker on the NBC morning show, taking over EP duties on an interim basis after Zucker was promoted. He left NBC in 2001, and joined CBS as EP of “The Early Show” in 2002. He would leave CBS News in 2007, returning to NBC in a business development role.
At “Katie,” Bass will serve as co-EP, alongside Kathy Samuels. Both report to Zucker and are helping to run the show, which debuts September 10. Bass has actually been working on the program for about two months, while Samuels was hired back in March.
Former CBS and NBC anchor Katie Couric has a launch date for her eponymous talk show. “Katie” will launch in 94% of local markets on Monday September 10, 2012. Along with the premiere date, ABC also unveiled a new logo for the program (pictured right).
“Katie” EP and former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker made the announcements in a webcast to affiliates that have picked up the program.
“Katie and I are thrilled to share these updates with our partners and Katie’s fans,” Zucker said. “We now have our studio, a great-looking logo that exudes all of the qualities that we want the show to convey, and a terrific team with a diverse background of experience. We couldn’t be more excited about September 10. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
- B&C’s Paige Albiniak reports that former CBS Television Distribution president Terry Wood is working as a consultant to ABC News. “Wood has a good working relationship with ABC after years of collaborating with ABC’s owned television stations on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which CTD distributed. Since Wood left CTD in November 2010, she’s been developing projects on her own, including shows for daytime.”
- Al Jazeera will televise an extremely unusual documentary about Syria tonight. The entire doc was shot on an iPhone by an undercover correspondent, and chronicles what the Syrian resistance fighters are dealing with. As we have noted, essentially all foreign news outlets have pulled their people out of Syria due to the danger.