‘Drew Barrymore’ To Return For Season 2 With Fully Vaccinated Live Audience

The show will start production with a full-capacity audience at CBS Broadcast Center in New York on Aug. 26. The plan is to bring back audiences on a COVID-compliant set, but as we know with all productions right now this is subject to change depending on the situation regarding the pandemic next month. Barrymore joins the majority of the latenight hosts, including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, who have recently brought back audiences.

 

WLS Picks Up ‘Tamron Hall’ To Replace ‘Windy City Live’

Tamron Hall’s syndicated daytime talk show is moving to ABC-owned WLS Chicago, where it will air in place of Windy City Live at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Sept. 6. Soon to kick off its third season, the New York-based Tamron Hall has been airing on Weigel Broadcasting’s WCIU and The U since 2019.

LeVar Burton Starts Stint As ‘Jeopardy’ Guest Host Today

LeVar Burton: ‘Jeopardy’ Host Gig Began ‘Scary,’ Ended Fun

When the day came to tape the first of LeVar Burton’s week’s share of episodes as one of a succession of guest hosts, the show’s pace and the challenge of following in Alex Trebek’s much-admired footsteps threw Burton off stride. It made for a rough start to the five back-to-back tapings that begin airing Monday, said the veteran actor known for Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow. He turned for advice to wife Stephanie Cozart Burton, who as his makeup artist was on hand to play coach during a production break.

Disney Clears ‘American Housewife’ For Syndication

CBS Television Stations will serve as the launch group. The recently canceled ABC sitcom has been sold to other station groups for 85% U.S. coverage. It launches in fall 2022.

‘Jeopardy’ Guest Hosts’ Ratings: Gupta Dips In Week 2

The Good Doctor ties Savannah Guthrie for the lowest guest host rating; Ken Jennings still tops.

‘Nick Cannon’ To Debut Sept. 27

Nick Cannon, a new nationally syndicated daytime talk show from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, will premiere Monday, Sept. 27. The show is being produced at NEP Metropolis Studios in Harlem in front of a live studio audience.

Robert Jacquemin, Syndication Pioneer, Dies At 76

As head of television at Buena Vista and DreamWorks, he shepherded syndication sales of such shows as Entertainment Tonight, Family Ties and Home Improvement during his long career.

Wendy Williams Sparks Backlash For Awkward Segment On TikTok Star Swavy’s Death

Fox Gets Its Game Show Game On

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Stephen Brown, EVP of programming development for Fox First Run and Fox Television Stations, about the strategic role of game shows in Fox’s syndication lineup, along with how programming is progressing at Fox Soul, the group’s African-American-targeted streaming channel.

‘Extra’ Launches On Snapchat

Starting on Wednesday, the entertainment news show will expand its reach to the Snapchat Discover audience. Rachel Lindsay, who currently is a correspondent on the syndicated newsmagazine, will run down the headlines on the new platform.

PPI Releasing And Inverleigh Roll Out ‘Tokyo Games’ Specials

PPI Releasing is offering Tokyo Games syndicated specials. The specials cover top American competitors in the Games and are produced by PPI’s Syndie Sports Net (SSN) partner, Inverleigh. The programs are offered on a barter basis with a wide scheduling window (July 5- Aug. 11) and options for half-hour or one-hour formats. The PPI package […]

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LeVar Burton’s Quest To Succeed Alex Trebek

Jeopardy is a cultural touchstone, and for a Black man to occupy that podium is significant.”

‘Jeopardy’ Apologizes For ‘Shameful’ Clue After Fans Demand It ‘Do Better’

‘You Bet Your Life’ Reboot Sold In 98% Of The US

The return of the classic game show hosted by Jay Leno has been sold in 190 U.S. markets to station groups including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Tegna, Meredith, Gray, Hearst, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block, Lockwood, Mission and Sun Broadcasting. It launches on Sept. 13.

Drew Barrymore Is Launching Her Own Magazine

‘Jeopardy’ Apologizes For ‘Outdated, Inaccurate’ Clue About POTS Disorder

New Lauren Lake Syndicated Court Show Set At Entertainment Studios

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has ordered We the People With Judge Lauren Lake, a daily/strip one-hour syndicated court series that will be available to broadcast TV and global cable, network and digital platforms in fall 2022. The series will be produced and distributed by Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios.

The Unanswered ‘Jeopardy’ Question: Who’s The New Host?

Think of Sony Pictures Television as clutching the rose, and Mayim Bialik, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric and Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Buzzy Cohen among the suitors so far, with more to come including Robin Roberts, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and LeVar Burton. Sony has “the most robust team of people I have ever seen looking at this and analyzing it in a very cerebral way,” said Executive Producer Mike Richards. “It’s a real change from the way casting has traditionally been done on television.”

PPI Releasing Sets 2021-22 Firm Go For ‘The Liquidator’

PPI Releasing has set a 2021 syndication launch for reality transactional series, The Liquidator. Clearances are anchored by WPIX New York, KDOC Los Angeles, WCIU Chicago and station groups including Nexstar, Mission, Fox, Weigel, Sinclair, Gray, Scripps, Tegna and CW+ stations. The series will join several PPI shows returning to syndication in 2021, including Just […]

Johnny Gilbert, The Voice Of ‘Jeopardy’, Keeps Going At 92

The Jeopardy announcer worked with late host Alex Trebek for 37 years and was reluctant to continue after losing his admired colleague. But others with the show urged him to consider his role as a comforting touchstone for viewers who also were in mourning.

‘Kelly Clarkson’ To Take Over ‘Ellen’ Time Slot By Fall 2022

NBCUniversal has already found its replacement for Ellen DeGeneres’ time slot when she exits daytime TV next year. Starting in fall 2022, The Kelly Clarkson Show will take over the afternoon time slot — 3 p.m. in most markets — that has been held by Ellen. The daytime talker, which is in its second season, is currently renewed through 2023.

Reese? Tiffany? Kelly? Who Might Replace Ellen?

As the daytime titan prepares to step down after a swirl of controversy, a host of big names have been thrown into the mix as her successor.

Who Is The Next Ellen?

Since daytime’s biggest host has set her end date, rumors of exploratory talent meetings being set up right now are plentiful, with insiders suggesting Tiffany Haddish is among those being heavily courted.

Wendy Williams Dishes The Dirt

The daytime gossip queen has tussled with P. Diddy, Whitney Houston, and Tupac Shakur. But her own private life can be as messy as the celebrity dramas she skewers.

Allen Media Group Adds John Buckholtz As Syndiction Ad Sales VP

The veteran ad sales executive to represent Allen Media Group’s Entertainment Studios syndicated broadcast programming.

What Ellen DeGeneres Leaving Her Show Means For Daytime TV And For Ellen

‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ To End After 19 Seasons

Daytime’s most recognizable face has decided her upcoming season, the show’s 19th, will be the last. The decision, which fell to DeGeneres, is said to have been several years in the making. She informed her staff May 11, and will sit down with longtime pal and daytime predecessor Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news on Ellen‘s May 13 show. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres says.

What Should The New ‘Jeopardy’ Be? Guest Hosts Provide The Clues

Following Alex Trebek’s death, a parade of replacements seem to be battling for the soul of the game — and the state of knowledge itself.

‘Jeopardy’ Contestant Kelly Donohue Condemns White Supremacy

Kelly Donohue, the Jeopardy contestant whose on-air hand signal has been misinterpreted as his endorsement of white supremacy, has posted a lengthy statement on Facebook unequivocally condemning racism and reasserting his explanation that the three-fingered gesture was simply meant to denote his third win.

Did ‘Jeopardy’ Winner Flash A White Power Hand Sign?

A group of former Jeopardy contestants on Wednesday posted an open letter to the syndicated game show over a hand gesture used by returning champion Kelly Donohue on Tuesday’s show that has been widely condemned as a symbol of white supremacy.

‘Jeopardy’ Reveals Final Guest Hosts For Season 37

Jeopardy today announced the final guest hosts for Season 37: George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton and David Faber. As previously announced, Joe Buck is also part of this final batch.

Joe Buck To Guest Host ‘Jeopardy’

Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck is taking his talents from the world of sports to game show television as a Jeopardy guest host, a source familiar with the matter tells Variety. Buck is set to be the show’s second sports-affiliated guest host, following Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ stint that ran from April 5 to 16.

‘Jeopardy’ All-Star Buzzy Cohen To Host ‘Tournament Of Champions’

Jeopardy all-star and 2017 Tournament of Champions winner Buzzy Cohen is set to take to the podium as guest host of the quiz competition show’s upcoming 10-day tournament. This year’s Tournament of Champions will take place May 17-28, with 15 previous contestants coming back to compete for a $250,000 purse.

Dr. Oz Accused Of ‘Making Fun Of’ Contestant On ‘Jeopardy’

‘Access Hollywood,’ ‘Access Daily’ Renewed For Three More Seasons

Access Hollywood and its spinoff/companion series Access Daily have both been renewed for three more seasons, which will take them through 2025. NBCUniversal Syndication Studios has sold both shows in more than 90% of the U.S. for next season. Currently averaging 1.4 million total viewers per day in its 25th season, Access Hollywood is hosted by Mario Lopez, Kit Hoover and Scott Evans, and features correspondents Sibley Scoles and Zuri Hall. Access Daily, which features the same trio of hosts, is in its 11th season.

‘Young Sheldon’ Sold To Stations In 90%+ Of U.S.

WarnerMedia sells the CBS series in top Nexstar markets along with stations from Sinclair, CBS, Hearst, Gray, Tegna, Scripps, Cox, Meredith, Graham, Weigel, Allen Media, Sunbeam, News-Press, Londen Media, Griffin, Lockwood, Morris among others. It debuts in fall 2021.

LeVar Burton’s Fans Want Him To Host ‘Jeopardy’ And He’s There For It

‘Judge Jerry’ Renewed For Season 3 In Syndication

Judge Jerry, the court show hosted by daytime TV veteran Jerry Springer, has been renewed for a third season by NBCUniversal Syndication Studios. The show premiered in national broadcast syndication in fall 2019 as the highest-rated syndicated court show premiere in five years, NBCU said. It is averaging 1 million daily viewers for Season 2 while delivering one of the youngest audiences among its court show competitors.

Dr. Oz Kicks Off ‘Jeopardy’ Guest Hosting Stint