Jerry O’Connell Joins ‘The Talk’ As Co-Host

CBS daytime show The Talk announced Tuesday that frequent guest host Jerry O’Connell is joining the show as a permanent co-host.

Meghan McCain To Exit ‘The View’

Meghan McCain is leaving The View, after nearly four years on the ABC daytime show, Variety has confirmed. As the panel’s resident conservative talking head, McCain regularly sparred with her co-hosts, resulting in many viral — and highly-rated — on-air moments. Her last day will be at the end of the show’s season later this summer.

Nielsen: Daytime Is The New Primetime

After eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, daytime TV viewing has become a “second primetime,” according to Nielsen, due to the continuing growth of kids viewing and at-home workers’ TV and internet consumption.

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CBS Panics As ‘The Talk’ Sinks In Ratings

Drama behind the scenes of daytime talk shows is heating up as Sharon Osbourne’s CBS show The Talk sinks in the ratings against ABC rival The View. CBS insiders say producers and network execs are “panicking” after The Talk’s ratings dropped to 1.5 million, half of The View’s audience of 3 million.

‘Young And Restless’ Gets 4-Season Renewal

On the heels of Days of Our Lives‘ official pickup at NBC, CBS has renewed fellow sudser The Young and the Restless for four — count ’em, four — more seasons. The blockbuster deal ensures that daytime’s No. 1 soap will be around through (at least) the 2023-24 TV season.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed For Season 56

The official announcement comes two weeks after NBC Chairman Paul Telegdy at TCA confirmed that the daytime soap will be coming back. “Of course Days of Our Lives is going to carry on. We love it…. I know that will be good news for the fans,” he said then, later confirming that the plan was for the series would stay on NBC, not move to the Peacock streaming service.

Daytime Producer Lisa de Cazotte Dies At 58

Keke Palmer To Be Third ‘Strahan and Sara’ Co-Host

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Jessell | Daytime TV’s Not-So-Secret Shame

I look at broadcast TV’s schedules and I see a lot of junk cluttering up the grids. I mean lousy shows that may make money, but that drag down the overall broadcast day and make the station and the industry looked seedy and desperate. Stations need to clear out the junk and make room for other programs that draw viewers and make money without sacrificing respectability, and they can start with NBCU’s unholy trinity of Springer, Maury and Wilkos.

Despite Failures, Daytime Still Draws Top Talent

Megyn Kelly may have flamed out spectacularly in NBC’s 9 a.m. time period, but that has not torched the daytime TV landscape for high-profile talent. New entries featuring Mel Robbins, Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and RuPaul are all in the works. Even former Trump White House aide Sean Spicer is in the very early stages of developing a daytime talker with syndicator Debmar-Mercury. But the road to daytime traveled by the current wave of incoming talent is littered with bodies.

CBS Sets Daytime Schedule Premiere Dates

CBS has announced premiere dates for its daytime lineup, including The Talk, game shows and soaps.

Talkers Bring Hot Topics To Daytime TV

At the Daytime Emmys, talk shows have been split into two categories — entertainment and informative — since 2008. Yet many shows can’t help but be both — especially given how the world of politics and social issues have embroiled the lives of celebrities. In today’s climate, talk shows must strike a balance between being entertaining and providing audiences with socially relevant insights in order to capture attention.

CBS Promotes Margot Wain To Daytime SVP

CBS has promoted Margot Wain to SVP Daytime Programs, and Ray Paolantonio and Laurie Seidman have been upped to VP daytime programs. In her new position, Wain will continue as the current executive on The Price Is Right, network TV’s No. 1 daytime series, and daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, while working with writers and producers on all day-to-day creative and strategic elements. 

CBS Renews Full Daytime Lineup Through ’18

CBS has renewed its full daytime lineup for next season, including a three-year deal for the soap The Young and the Restless and a two-year deal for the game show The Price is Right.

ABC Shuffles West Coast Daytime Execs

Daytime chief Lisa Hackner is in talks for a possible new role at the company, sources close to the situation say, while her top lieutenants Sheila Bouttier and Jill Mullikan-Bates are likely leaving. Hackner has been EVP of daytime and syndicated programming at ABC since 2013, overseeing mainly shows on the West Coast. She and her team were behind FABLife, which premiered last year and was axed earlier this year.

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KRON Revamps Daytime, Drops Infomercials

The Media General-owned San Francisco indie is adding Bridezillas, Hollywood Today Live and Crime Watch Daily in place of paid programming on weekdays.

Fall Brings Big Changes To Daytime TV In St. Louis

CBS Daytime Hits 8-Year Ratings Highs

About four years after dropping two long-running soap operas from its schedule, CBS Daytime seems to be clicking on all cylinders. Its entire lineup — including more recent additions The Talk and Let’s Make a Deal — hit ratings milestones during the last week of January, lifting the network delivered to its largest audience for any frame in more than eight years

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Jerry Penacoli Named WFLA’s ‘Daytime’ Co-Host

Jerry Penacoli former correspondent for syndicated entertainment magazine Extra, has been named co-host of WFLA Tampa, Fla.’s nationally syndicated show Daytime, airing in more than 130 markets across the U.S. He will begin his on air duties on Feb. 4. Penacoli’s career includes stints as a primetime news anchor for KYW Philadelphia. Before that, he […]

ABC May Be Ready To Trim Daytime Lineup

ABC seems ready to join CBS and NBC in cutting the number of its daytime dramas. All My Children appears to be the most vulnerable for cancellation, and there is speculation that it may be replaced by a a talk show in the fall.

NBC Daytime Showing Progress This Season

The new offerings on the O&Os are delivering big percentage gains in the key demo, but the shows they replaced were notoriously poor performers. Bottom line is that syndicators like Warner Bros. (Anderson Cooper) and Sony (Lisa Oz)  that are looking for slots in major markets for next fall may be able to find them on the NBC stations.

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Oprah’s Next Job: Moving Viewers To Cable

The Queen of Daytime and partner Discovery are betting big that Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable channel can draw daytime viewers away from broadcast TV to watch a lineup of first-run talk shows, cooking programs and other material aimed at women. If OWN’s strategy works, it could whack TV stations’ ratings and ad dollars. And it may ignite an assault by other cable networks on broadcasters in a daypart where they haven’t had much luck so far.