Kelly Ripa Shooting ‘Live’ From The Caribbean

While Ryan Seacrest was forced to take time off from the syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan while suffering from “exhaustion,” his morning show co-host Kelly Ripa has been picking up the slack from a house in the Caribbean.

Rob Silverstein Named EP Of Meredith’s ‘People’

The veteran showrunner will oversee all aspects of the new syndicated half hour, which will launch in Meredith’s 12 local television markets this fall.

Wendy Williams To Take Hiatus From Show

Wendy Williams, host of Debmar-Mercury’s daytime talker The Wendy Williams Show, is once again taking some time off due to her Graves’ disease. During the pandemic, Williams had been taping episodes from her home titled “[email protected],” but those will go on hiatus and the show will air repeats. “Recently, Wendy has been dealing with symptoms from her Graves’ disease, which is causing fatigue,” said a show spokeswoman. “In consultation with her doctor and as a precautionary measure, she will be taking some time off as she continues to receive treatment. We look forward to welcoming Wendy back soon and continuing the [email protected] shows. More updates on a return date will follow.”

Soledad O’Brien Keeping Journalism Peers In Line

For COVID-19, ‘Inside Edition’ Goes ‘Acoustic’

Many weeks into its remote production, news magazine Inside Edition straddles the need to maintain a certain level of polish and the stripped-down necessities of the moment. Host Deborah Norville, for one, would like to see some of the show’s more minimalist new features stick around.

Friedman Closes 25 Years At ‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Wheel’

Today, Friedman is closing out a 25-year run at Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind both game shows, as he opts to move on after the end of his contract. The well-respected television veteran holds a Guinness World Record for having produced 12,540 game show episodes, more than any other individual, and is the only producer to have won two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself. For the week of April 6, Jeopardy averaged 11.6 million viewers each weeknight, while Wheel averaged 11.3 million, outperforming nearly all the nightly news shows across networks and all primetime programs on both network and cable.

What To Gossip About? Virus Changes ‘TMZ’

Harvey Levin, the impresario of an online and television infotainment empire is navigating a stay-at-home world without bold-faced names on red carpets, coming out of airports (a regular source of TMZ ambushes), or getting into fights at nightclubs.

Rachael Ray’s Pandemic Comfort Food

The syndie star and her husband have pared down her talk/cooking show to a minimalist, makeup-free affair from their home kitchen in the Adirondacks. Shooting on iPhones, cooking largely from pantry staples and taking personal questions from viewers in every episode, Ray’s producer says she’s “the right woman for the right moment.” (Photo: Rachael Ray)

‘Jeopardy’ To Air Reruns Next Month

Jeopardy is bringing back reruns of Ken Jennings’ 74-game winning streak from 2004. From May 4 to 15, reruns of select Jeopardy episodes will air in syndication in place of regularly scheduled episodes, which stopped production in March. The two-week-long event will start with a re-airing of Jennings’ first game ever, which originally aired June 2, 2004.

Tamron Hall Improvises With Empathy

Tamron Hall took her syndicated talk show into pandemic remote production from her kitchen with a brand-new showrunner, a toddler and a squawking parrot in tow. She says even without the studio audience with whom she loves to connect, the show’s intimacy hasn’t been lost in the transition.

MN Sophomore Wins ‘Jeopardy’ College Contest

Nibir Sarma, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minn., won the two-week tournament in an episode airing Friday night, earning $100,000 and a berth against regular Jeopardy winners in the annual Tournament of Champions.

‘Ellen’ Crew Furious Over Poor Communication

Crew members from Ellen DeGeneres’ long-running daytime talk show are distressed and outraged over their treatment from top producers amid the coronavirus pandemic, numerous insiders affiliated with the series told Variety. The core stage crew for the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, consisting of more than 30 employees, received no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their mental and physical health, from producers for over a month, said two sources, both of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity.

‘ET’ Stays Polished While In Quarantine

The long-running entertainment show’s executive producer compares Entertainment Tonight’s new way of remote working to a relay race, but host Kevin Frazier is geeking out over getting to use his arsenal of cameras and home tech to keep the show looking sharp.

FTS, Syndicators Partner On Programming

As production quickly shut down across Los Angeles in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Fox Television Stations turned to their syndication partners to help keep them in the day-and-date programming that they prefer. And those partners stepped up.

‘Kelly Clarkson’ Adds Original Segments

NBCUniversal’s The Kelly Clarkson Show is adding content created from Clarkson’s ranch in Montana, where she is sheltering with her family, into episodes that were taped prior to the show’s pausing production in March.

‘Nick Cannon’ Talker To Debut On Sept. 21

The syndicated talk show from Debmar-Mercury will launch with more than 90% coverage, including all of the top 20 markets and 29 of the top 30 thanks to carriage by groups including Fox, CBS, Sinclair, Hearst, Nexstar, Mission, COX, Sunbeam, Capitol, Meredith, Tegna, Lockwood Broadcasting, Gray and CW Plus.

DeGeneres, Williams Restart Daytime Shows

Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams are resuming production on their daytime shows after taking some time off during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Both hosts will return to air on April 6, recording shows from their homes.

Rachael Ray To Air Shows From Her Kitchen

Beginning Monday, she will welcome viewers into her home kitchen for an hour of new recipes made with pantry staples, solutions for cooking dilemmas and bit of fun as she’s joined by her husband, John Cusimano.


‘Tamron Hall’ EP Bill Geddie Out

Geddie — who, alongside Barbara Walters, helped build the The View into the behemoth it is today — had been the executive producer of Hall’s show since it premiered in September. An insider said: “He hasn’t been there since the holiday break and they stopped speaking around the fall.” Added another, “He has not been involved in the day-to-day runnings since October.”

PPI Releasing Expands SSN Sports Programming

PPI Releasing has expanded its SSN Sports (Syndie Sports Network) programming and offering additional options to aid stations in need of weekly programming to fill the holes created by sports cancellations as a consequence of the coronavirus national emergency. PPI is also offering stations additional runs for its series Just for Laughs Gags, Intervention, The […]

‘Dr. Oz’ Stops Studio Production

A staff member on The Dr. Oz Show has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the syndicated show to shut down production. New episodes will continue airing daily, and host Dr. Mehmet Oz will film remotely from his home.

‘Inside Edition’ Broadcasts From Deborah Norville’s Kitchen

‘Ellen’ To Tape Without Audience

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will not be taping in front of a live studio audience, starting on Monday, as yet another television show grapples with how to continue production while the novel coronavirus spreads through the U.S.

Rachael Ray Drops Studio Audience

Rachael Ray is the latest talk show host to ban studio audiences amid the coronavirus outbreak. An insider told Page Six that Ray, 51, taped her show on Wednesday without an audience before the show takes an already-scheduled break from taping next week.

Three More Syndies Opt Out Of Audiences

The View, Live With Kelly and Ryan and Tamron Hall have been added to the list of shows that will be taping without a studio audience due to growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. “Given the current developing situation in New York City, we have made the decision to suspend live audiences from attending our news broadcasts and talk shows,” a Walt Disney Television spokesperson said this morning.

‘Dr. Phil’ Latest To Drop Studio Audiences

The show typically tapes with an audience of about 300 people at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The show expects to resume audience tapings the week of March 23, according to statement announcing the decision Tuesday.

‘Wendy Williams’ To Tape Without Audience

The Wendy Williams Show has joined the list of shows canceling live audience tapings amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the show said Tuesday.

‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Wheel’ To Tape Sans Audiences

The popular gameshows are the latest television project to shift plans due to the new coronavirus. Last week, CBS announced that it was suspending production on The Amazing Race in response to the outbreak.

Entertainment Studios Clears Two New Series

The weekly Storm of Suspicion and Weather Gone Viral have now been clear in 95% of the U.S. by television station groups including: Fox, Scripps, Nexstar, Meredith, Gray, Hearst, Cox and more.

Faith Jenkins Is New Judge On ‘Divorce Court’

She takes over the syndicated show distributed by Fox First Run from Lynn Toler.

‘Steve Wilkos’ Lands Two-Season Renewal

NBCUniversal’s The Steve Wilkos Show joins fellow conflict talker Maury in being renewed through the 2021-22 TV season, said Tracie Wilson, EVP, creative affairs, NBCUniversal TV Distribution, Thursday.


TVN’s Executive Session | Norville Marks 25 Years Anchoring ‘Inside Edition’

Deborah Norville will be honored on today’s Inside Edition for her quarter-century tenure as the syndicated magazine show’s anchor. She says its enduring popularity with viewers comes from being “in a different lane” than other syndicated magazines.

Trebek Reaches 1-Year Mark In Cancer Fight

“I’d be lying if I said the journey had been an easy one. There have been some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days,” the longtime Jeopardy host said in a video message posted online Wednesday.

‘Judy’ To Wrap After 25 Seasons, But She’ll Return

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will welcome Judge Judy Sheindlin on Monday and in a preview of the episode, Sheindlin will be striking the gavel for the last season of the long-running and wildly popular court series Judge Judy after 25 years — but she’s not hanging up her robe just yet. She already has her new series Judy Justice waiting in the wings.

‘Maury’ Renewed For Two More Seasons

NBCUniversal’s conflict talker Maury has been renewed for two more seasons in national syndication, said Tracie Wilson, EVP, creative affairs, NBCUniversal TV Distribution. That will bring the show to the 2021-22 TV season — Maury’s 24th in syndication.

Meet The Doctor Behind The ‘Dr. Phil’ Empire

Frank Lawlis is a longtime adviser and mentor to the King of Daytime TV, but his practices (including a device to treat mental illness) have been deemed potentially dangerous by the scientific community: “It’s predatory on people who are desperate.”


TVN’s Executive Session | Debmar-Mercury: There’s Still Life In Syndies

Debmar-Mercury’s Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein (l) and Mort Marcus say the syndication world has become more complex with fewer entry points for new programming. But despite threats from streaming there’s still plenty of opportunity left.

Wendy Williams Under Fire Tor Appearing To Make Light Of Amie Harwick’s Death

Wendy Williams Apologizes For Gay Men Comments

Wendy Williams Tells Gay Men To ‘Stop Wearing Our Skirts And Our Heels’