With DeGeneres And Williams Saying Goodbye, Daytime TV Sees Biggest Shake-Up Since Oprah’s Departure

“Daytime is important. People rely on it,” says Jack Abernethy, CEO of the Fox Television Stations. “But … daytime has to be refreshed, just like every medium.”

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.

John Mayer Talk Show Eyed At Paramount+

Audience-Free TV Has ‘Ghost Town’ Feel

Crowd energy propels the immediacy of a daily talk show, and with most of those shows and their late-night counterparts stripped of a live audience in the wake of the coronavirus, it has had an unsettling effect. James Poniewozik writes the experience has been “a brief reminder of the function that audiences serve and of the kinds of virtual connection we’re going to crave through our uncertain hunkerings-down.”

Drew Barrymore, CBS Shooting Talk Show Pilot

Drew Barrymore is taking another run at daytime, but this time with CBS Television Distribution at the helm.The Santa Clarita Diet actress is shooting a talk show pilot with CBS in New York this week. In 2016, Warner Bros. shopped a talk show starring the actress but it could not get the show on the air because it could not find time slots in major markets.

Netflix Has A Talk Show Problem

For sitcoms, dramas and reality shows, the jump to streaming was easy. But talk shows? It’s tricky.

NBC In Talk Show Pilot With Kelly Clarkson

NBC is shooting a talk-show pilot with The Voice star Kelly Clarkson that would potentially be shopped for a fall 2019 debut, sources close to the company confirmed. Clarkson has a talent deal with NBC Entertainment, which now oversees NBCUniversal Television Distribution, including all first-run development for TV stations. That said, the show could potentially be offered to TV stations in syndication or it could air on another platform or in combination.

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.

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Scripps Pitching Kellie Pickler Talk Show

The station group is drumming up interest for hour-long strip Ben & Kellie, which would feature country artist Pickler and Ben Aaron, a feature reporter on NBC O&O WNBC New York.

E! Eyes Creating Daytime Panel Talk Show

With ratings for its Keeping Up With the Kardashians meal ticket on a downward trend, execs at cable network E! want to try their hand at daytime TV. Insiders say the NBC-owned channel — home to reality shows such as the upcoming Mariah Carey series Mariah’s World — has developed a pilot for a daily panel show it hopes will rival CBS’s The Talk, ABC’s The View and The Chew, and syndicated hit The Real.

Chelsea Handler On Having A Global Talk Show

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — After being the only woman in late-night TV during most of her seven-year run on “Chelsea Lately,” Chelsea Handler was ready to talk about something new. So she took on a global talk show. Her thrice-weekly “Chelsea,” which launched in May, airs in all Netflix territories – 190 countries – […]

‘Wendy Williams’ Renewed Through 2019-20

Fox Television Stations join, Media General and Cox in re-upping the syndicated talker, pushing clearances to more than 50% of the U.S. entering NATPE.

Williams Succeeds By Broadening Appeal

Wendy Williams is holding her own in a tough business, even growing her audience in some measurements during her seventh season. The syndicated Wendy Williams Show is watched by roughly 2 million people each day. The bejewelled microphone she carries and the collection of wigs in her dressing room speak to Williams’ outsized personality. She’s noticeably toned things down, however, to broaden her appeal.

Marcus: POV Crucial To Talk Show Success

Debmar-Mercury exec Mort Marcus (c) says Wendy Williams (l) has it, but Meredith Vieira doesn’t. Marcus and Debmar-Mercury Co-President Ira Bernstein also offered opinions on the outlook for broadcast TV, the impact of station group consolidation on syndication and more.

Jenny McCarthy Dbuts VH1 Talk Show

CHICAGO (AP) — Jenny McCarthy may have made a home in the Chicago suburbs, but the 40-year-old mom of a 10-year-old son hasn’t lost her goofy, party girl-persona. The former Playboy playmate and TV host says Hugh Hefner’s 1970s-era “Playboy After Dark” is the inspiration her new weekly VH1 talk show, “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” […]

Buyers: Ellen DeGeneres Is Oprah’s Heir

Katie Couric has certainly gotten the hype for her new syndicated talk show. But if media buyers and planners had to pick the heir to Oprah Winfrey, they’d say it’s Ellen DeGeneres, not Couric.


Primer: So You’re Launching A Talk Show

A panel of syndication executives at the PromaxBDA Station Summit explains the challenges of convincing viewers to watch — and stick with — a new program. “It’s critical to capture the essence of the host and define in simple terms what the show is about,” says Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of Telepictures Productions, which is currently testing Bethenny on six Fox TV stations. “Even if people know the host, but don’t what the show is, it’s confusing.

Two Chefs Cooking Up New Talk Show

Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentiis are in talks to host a Regis and Kelly-like daily show — perhaps as soon as next year. Sources at several major TV studios says that talks are in the “very early stages.”

Lowered Expectations For Talk Shows

Anderson Cooper’s new talk show, Anderson, is averaging a 1.4 household rating and 1.8 million viewers for the first three weeks of this season. Ten years ago, those numbers would have triggered panic and flop sweat among the show’s producers and the stations airing Anderson — yet it’s the season’s top-rated new syndicated talk show. Welcome to the new world of daytime TV.

Steve Harvey Developing Talk Show For 2012

The project, produced by Endemol USA and distributed by NBCUniversal, is described as a “comedy show with talk show elements” that will focus on relationship issues.

Jenny McCarthy Tapes Talk Show Tryout

Jenny McCarthy, who walked away from an OWN talk show deal two weeks ago, is moving fast toward her own program. The comic taped a secret test show last week in Jerry Springer’s Stamford, Conn. studio that will be shopped to TV stations later this year for a fall 2012 launch, according to sources.

Older, Wiser Ricki Lake Set For Syndie Return

Among the new crop of hosts hoping to fill the gap left by Oprah’s absence from the syndicated talk show ranks is one returning genre veteran. Twentieth Television and Ricki Lake hope the magic is there again as they take a different approach from her earlier show that ended an 11-year run in 2004. This time, Lake will will tackle personal issues — usually a few per show — of interest and importance to the target audience of women, 25-54.