The syndicated version of Dateline has improved both primetime and early fringe time periods by 10% for stations in November 2017 compared to a year ago.
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution has sold the Dick Wolf drama, anchored by Fox Stations, to multiple station groups for an off-net syndication debut starting in September.
Roy Restivo gets added responsibility for sales research and strategy for the company’s first-run and off-network syndicated programming.
Harry Connick Jr. is staying put in daytime. NBCUniversal Domestic TV and Fox Television Stations have renewed the syndicated daytime strip Harry for a second season this fall.
The new talker from NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution will be produced in New York City and feature a live band when it debuts in syndication on Sept. 12.
Where the challenges of daytime TV are concerned, Harry Connick Jr. sounds like a man who is entering the syndication fray with his eyes wide open. In this interview with TVNewsCheck’s Adam Buckman, he says he’s aware of the failure rate of new shows in daytime, and acknowledges that Harry — like any new high-profile syndicated offering — represents a gamble for everyone involved. However, he also emphasizes that he’s well aware of the role that stations play in the success or failure of a show like his. And he’s shrewd enough to express his gratitude to the stations that are picking up his show.
The new syndicated entertainment hour will debut this fall on station groups including Fox Television Stations, Sinclair, Scripps, Media General, Hubbard, Cox, Nexstar, Gray, Bonten, Hearst, Raycom, Dispatch and Quincy.
The current second season of NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution’s The Meredith Vieira Show will be its last. After wrapping production on the daytime talk show, Vieira will segue to work on NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics games in Rio de Janeiro.
NBCUniversal’s first-run daytime entertainment show, Harry, is set to debut in national syndication in fall 2016. The comedy duo, the Stangel Brothers, to serve as executive producers.
The show, hosted by Tanisha Thomas and Ben Aaron, has been sold in 99% of the U.S.