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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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Rachel Miskowiec Named EP of ‘Katie’

Daytime talk show “Katie” continus to have changes in its senior production ranks, with former EPs Jeff Zucker and Michael Bass now at CNN. Disney/ABC has announced that Rachel Miskowiec is joining the show as EP, replacing Michael Morrison, who joined in January after Zucker’s departure.

Miskowiec joins Katie Couric‘s daytime program from Telepictures, and was previously an EP on “The Tyra Banks Show.”

“Rachel Miskowiec is an incredibly passionate and experienced veteran of daytime TV,” said Vicki Dummer, EVP, ABC Media Group in a statement. “She is creative, smart and a great leader.  Rachel is fearless and competitive, and she truly loves making daytime television.  We are very excited to have her join the ‘Katie’ team as we enter our second season.”