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.
Fox Stations Buy New Harry Connick Jr. Show
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution has sold the new first-run entertainment show Harry to the Fox Television Stations. The show, hosted by Harry Connick Jr., will debut in September 2016 in national syndication.
Harry will air on the Fox-owned TV stations in 17 markets. It also is currently being sold to other station groups across the country. Justin and Eric Stangel, both former head writers and executive producers of the Late Show with David Letterman, will be the show’s executive producers.
“We could not be more excited to partner with Harry Connick Jr. on this multi-faceted entertainment show,” said Ed Swindler, president, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and NBC Broadcast Operations. “We believe Harry will emerge as daytime TV’s most distinctive, talented, relatable, and consistently funny hosts. The Stangel Brothers’ distinguished writing and producing achievements are second to none. They will add an engaging, upbeat, and comedic energy to this multi-layered program.”
Frank Cicha, SVP of Programming for FOX Television Stations added: “We really look forward to Harry Connick Jr.’s next hit. In looking at the competition, we felt this was the right time for us to add a program like this to our mix.”
Drawing inspiration from the family-friendly variety shows of the past, Harry will reflect the hosting and entertainment skills of Connick’s varied career in music, film, television, and Broadway. NBCU said Connick’s goal “is to bring the party back to daytime by delivering entertainment and laughter through a variety of segments — from comedic man-on-the-street interviews, live musical performances and parodies, to hilarious stunts and audience participation and surprises.”