The newsmagazine show America Now is coming back for a fourth season, Raycom Media and ITV Studios America announced today. Hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, the weekday syndicated series is distributed by Trifecta Entertainment & Media across the nation. “Season 4 of America Now promises even more great stories and smart solutions from our hosts and experts. We are excited about this pickup for a show whose audience continues to steadily grow as viewers all over the country tune in and make it a part of their lives,” said Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President and CEO of ITV Studios America today in a statement.
BURBANK, Calif., March 9, 2012 — America Now, the first-run syndicated daily newsmagazine show co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic from ITV Studios America and Raycom Media, has been renewed for a third season, it was jointly announced today by Paul McTear, President and CEO of Raycom Media and Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President and CEO of ITV Studios America. Airing weekdays in 45 markets, America Now ranks among the top first-run syndicated shows premiering this past fall, second only to Anderson and often beating some of the other top-run syndicated programs that are well-known and seen throughout the country. Bellum Entertainment is syndicating the series.
EXCLUSIVE: Leeza Gibbons is returning to daily first-run syndication as co-host of America Now, the upcoming daily news program from Raycom Media and ITV Studios America. She joins co-host Bill Rancic on the show, set to launch September 12th. The half-hour America Now, which originated as a weekly series hosted by Rancic on the Raycom stations this season, is a lifestyle program featuring short informational segments about such topics as health and beauty, finance, family and home. “The program is topical but not day-to-day timely,” said Gibbons, adding that America Now was “the perfect show” that came at the right time for her to return to the daily syndication grind. Gibbons previously co-hosted Entertainment Tonight, served as host and managing editor of Extra, and executive produced and hosted her own NBC-syndicated talk show, Leeza. She currently hosts PBS’ nationally-syndicated weekly lifestyle show, My Generation, recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy. ITV Studios America is producing America Now, with president and CEO Paul Buccieri overseeing.
News is coming in from Miami where the National Association of Television Program Executives’ annual confab kicked off today:
Debmar-Mercury is taking Raycom Media and ITV Studios America’s weekend lifestyle newsmagazine America Now and turning it in a daily syndicated strip for a fall 2011 launch. Debmar-Mercury will distribute the show hosted by former Apprentice winner Bill Rancic in association with Bill Marcus’ 30 Steps. America Now, which debuted as a weekly series in October, airs on 43 stations in all 36 Raycom Media markets representing 12.6% of the country, including WOIO in Cleveland, WBTV in Charlotte and WXIX in Cincinnati.
Shine International has inked a development and production pact with Japanese entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo to develop, produce and distribute content for the US, Japanese and international market. Under the deal, Shine Group’s US production company Reveille will partner with Yoshimoto to create original unscripted formats for the United States and Japan, which will be distributed internationally by Shine Int’l. The first project under the pact is Spice of Life. Created and executive produced by actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii 5-0), it is a variety/reality show featuring five hosts or commentators and a live studio audience, which has already been sold to Japanese broadcaster TBS. Shine Int’l's Chris Grant, Reveille’s Howard T. Owens and Yoshimoto Entertainment’s Aki Yohiro executive produce.