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A Preview of ‘Katie,’ Set to Debut in September

As the September debut of “Katie” draws closer, host Katie Couric is giving viewers a little taste of what to expect on her syndicated daytime talk show (video above).

“Katie” is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic television and is cleared in 95 percent of the U.S.

Here’s a First Look at Bethenny Frankel’s New Talk Show, Coming Soon to Fox Stations

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).

“Bethenny” is set to begin a six-week test run June 11th on Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, and Minneapolis. Read more

Sun Setting on WNBC Daytime Show ‘New York Live’

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.

The Daily News reports that the show, currently hosted by Sara Gore, Jane Hanson, and Jacque Reid, will be cancelled later this year and will likely be replaced by a new syndicated talk show.

“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.”

Last year, “New York Live,” which is produced by LX.TV, was bumped to 3:00 p.m. to make way for a 5 o’clock newscast that it had effectively replaced.

‘Katie’ Slotted for September 10 Debut

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

KTTV Executive Producer Joining ‘Ricki Lake’

Lisa Kridos, who has been the executive producer of KTTV‘s morning show for the past 15 years, has been named executive producer of “The Ricki Lake Show,” which is set to premiere in September.

“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.”

Video: Regis Philbin Says Farewell to ‘Live’

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.”

Philbin began hosting the show in 1983 with Kathie Lee Gifford. “Live” went national in 1988 and Philbin was joined by Kelly Ripa in 2001.

‘Steve Harvey’ Set for 70% of the Country

“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’ Finds a Home in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Nashville

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.

In Miami, WPLG Returning Local News to 5 p.m.

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.

Calvin Hughes and Laurie Jennings (right), WPLG’s team at 6 and 11, will be behind the anchor desk from 5:00 to 5:30, with Jen Herrerra subbing for Jennings during the last half-hour.

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

Houston’s KHOU Launching Newscast in Oprah’s Old 4 p.m. Time Slot

KHOU is set to debut a new newscast on August 1st in the 4 p.m. time slot long held by Oprah.

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).

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