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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.”

The Morning Ticker: ‘Katie’, King, Esposito

Former ‘Today’ Producer and ‘Early Show’ EP Michael Bass Joining ‘Katie’

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.

‘Katie’ Sets Premiere Date, Unveils New Logo

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.”

Zucker also made official the addition of Kathy Samuels as co-EP, and announced that Joe Terry, who had been the director for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for 14 years, would join as director.

The Morning Ticker: Wood, Al Jazeera, Samuels

  • 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.
  • B&C‘s Albiniak also scoops that Kathy Samuels, a veteran of “Rachael Ray” and “Access Hollywood,” will become co-EP of the upcoming ABC talk show “Katie,” joining Jeff Zucker.