NBCUniversal will launch a new syndicated daytime talk show hosted by former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira in the Fall of 2014.
“The Meredith Vieira Show” will originate from New York City, and will tape on a set designed to look like Vieira’s home, “complete with her actual furniture and family photos,” NBCU says. A pilot for the program was taped in May, and is said to have gone very well.
The move is not a surprise. When Vieira left “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” earlier this year, TVNewser speculated that she was pursuing a daytime talk show. A week later, the NY Times‘ Brian Stelter confirmed that she was talking to NBC about a possible syndicated show.
“All of us at NBCU are so excited about this new show with Meredith,” said Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting in a statement. “She creates an instant connection with audiences with her smart, quick-witted and down-to-earth style. This entertaining and substantive show will be a great way to reach her loyal daytime fans as well as new ones who will discover why Meredith is one of America’s most loved television personalities.”
Currently an NBC News contributor, Vieira co-hosted “Today” from 2006-2011, and before that was the moderator of “The View.” She began her career at ABC News, and would go on to become a correspondent for both ABC and CBS News, before joining “The View.”