Former Bravo Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel is set to debut her new talk show on a select number of Fox O&Os next week. Ellen DeGeneres is an executive producer on the show, called simply “Bethenny,” and Frankel was on “Ellen” recently to share a clip (video above).
WNBC daytime lifestyle show “New York Live,” which has undergone several format and talent changes since debuting in 2009, will sign off for good this fall.
“After a good run, New York Live will be going off the air in the fall,” a WNBC spokesperson told TVSpy today. “We have not yet made the decision as to what programming will take that time slot.”
Katie Couric‘s new syndicated talk show, “Katie,” is set to premiere on Monday, September 10th.
Executive producer Jeff Zucker made the announcement this week in an internal webcast with the stations that will air “Katie.” Zucker also unveiled the show’s logo (right), and announced a couple of key additions to its staff.
Joe Terry, who spent 14 years as the director of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” has been named director, and Kathy Samuels has been hired as co-executive producer. Samuels had a hand in launching “Rachael Ray” and “Access Hollywood.” Read more
“Lisa has made a career of producing television that resonates with the modern day woman,” Stephen Brown, SVP of programming and development at Twentieth Television, said, in announcing the move. “The combination of Lisa and Ricki, one of the sharpest producers in morning television and a talented proven talk show host, will be a powerful and exciting force in daytime television.”
“Ricki Lake” has been sold in 93% of the country, including each of the top 50 markets.
“I am thrilled to be working with Ricki Lake and my friends at 20th Television,” Kridos said. “Ricki has the qualities that make for the perfect daytime host and I am honored to be working on her team.”
With a staccato symphony of press cameras snapping photos of the historic event, TV icon Regis Philbin bid farewell to “Live With Regis and Kelly” this morning.
In his farewell message (video above), Philbin said the key to the show’s success is that it makes people happy, “and I’ll never be able to top that.”
“Steve Harvey,” the one-hour talk show hosted by, well, Steve Harvey, has now been sold in 70% of the country.
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution announced today that the show, which is set to debut next fall and has already been sold to NBC, Fox, CBS, Hearst and others, was recently purchased by a handful of station groups including Gannett, Gray, and Post Newsweek.
“‘Steve Harvey’ is the most versatile show to come to daytime syndication in a long time and the response that we have received in the marketplace in the past several weeks has been phenomenal,” NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution president Barry Wallach said in a statement. “This new talk show has a unique appeal in daytime as Steve’s comedic approach to a wide array of relatable topics attracts a broad audience and allows all affiliates to benefit from his popularity.”
Katie Couric’s nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie,” has now been cleared in more than 80% of the nation.
Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced it has gotten clearances for early fringe time periods from broadcast groups including Granite, Griffin, Media General, Meredith, Raycom and Sinclair.
The most recent “Katie” clearances include KSTP (ABC) Minneapolis, WEWS (ABC) Cleveland, KMOV (CBS) St. Louis, KGW (NBC) Portland, WSMV (NBC) Nashville, WCMH (NBC) Columbus, KSL (NBC) Salt Lake City, WLOS (ABC) Greenville/Asheville, KSAT (ABC) San Antonio, WZZM (ABC) Grand Rapids and WBMA (ABC) Birmingham, among others.
The one-hour daily daytime talk show debuts in September. “Katie” will be produced in conjunction with Disney-ABC, and former NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker will be the executive producer.
Miami ABC-affiliate WPLG is returning local news to its 5 p.m. time slot.
After scrapping its 5 o’clock newscast in favor of “Dr. Phil” a few years ago, the Post-Newsweek station is set to debut a new 5 p.m. show on August 22nd.
In a recent phone conversation with TVSpy, WPLG vice president and general manager Dave Boylan said the programming shift comes down to dollars and cents.
“5 p.m. newscasts make sense given today’s economy,” Boylan said. Read more
The Houston CBS-affiliate announced this week that it is adding a half-hour newscast at 4 p.m., which will be followed by “Jeopardy” at 4:30. KHOU has been airing repeats of “Oprah” in the 4 p.m. time slot since the daytime queen’s departure in May.
“KHOU 11 News at 4 gives us a chance to bring viewers the big news of the day, while the stories are still developing,” said Philip Bruce, KHOU’s executive news director. “It’ll be immediate, fast-paced and plugged-in to what’s happening at the moment.”
The 4 p.m. newscast will be anchored by Len Cannon, who will continue co-anchoring the station’s 6 p.m. newscast.
KHOU’s announcement means that stations in six of the top 10 markets have now replaced “Oprah” with local news (New York’s WABC, Chicago’s WLS, Philadelphia’s WPVI, San Francisco’s KGO, and Atlanta’s WSB have all launched local shows in Oprah’s wake).
|WABC||“General Hospital”||Local News|
|KABC||“Dr. Oz”*||Local News|
|WLS||“Inside Edition”/”Jeopardy!”||Local News|
|WPVI||“General Hospital”||Local News|
|KGO||“7Live” (KGO-produced lifestyle show)||Local News|
|KTRK||“Millionaire?”/ “Inside Edition”||Local News|
|WTVD||“General Hospital”||Local News|
|KFSN||“Rachael Ray”||Local News*|
*Debuting in the fall after summer of “Oprah” repeats.