EXCLUSIVE: Another piece of the syndicated talk show puzzle has fallen into place heading into NATPE, with the Fox TV Stations opting not to pick up the talk show hosted by Kris Jenner for next season but leaving the door open for 2015. Kris, produced by sibling Twentieth Television, had a six-week trial run on several key Fox stations this past summer. “Kris will not be on the schedule for the 2014 syndication season,” Stephen Brown, EVP Programming & Development, Fox Television Stations, said in a statement to Deadline. “However, the possibility for the talk show, or an additional project for Kris Jenner, for the 2015 season is being discussed and highly considered.”
Kris didn’t quite make a splash with its six-week run, coming out about even (0.8 in HH metered markets) with last year’s time period and with its lead-in. It had a strong finish, with the finale featuring Jenner’s son-in-law-to-be Kanye West debuting the first photo of his daughter with Kim Kardashian North West, notching a series-high 1.7 household rating. Additionally, I hear there is a lot of good will towards Jenner across Fox, including both at Twentieth TV and Fox TV Stations as executives had been impressed by her professionalism, work ethics and personality.
Kris Jenner and Twentieth Television scored a big season finale ratings bump Friday when Kanye West made an appearance on Kris and debuted a photo of North West, his baby with Jenner’s daughter Kim Kardashian. The highly anticipated West interview episode notched a series-high 1.7 household rating and did particularly in LA and Dallas markets where it was #1 in its time period. But for the syndicated talk show’s entire six-week run on selected Fox stations, Kris didn’t make a splash and came out just about even (0.8 in HH metered markets) with last year’s time period and with its lead-in. On YouTube the show’s channel hit a high of 4.3M views in its final week, comprising over half of its 8.1M views to date.
For the second time in the past week, a program that had the media hyperventilating ahead of its premiere does not appear to have impressed the public to the same degree. Only time will tell if Kris Jenner’s new talker is the new Sharknado. Monday’s Krisrollout, on Fox stations in six markets — New York/WNYW, Los Angeles/KTTV, Dallas/KDFW, Phoenix/KSAZ, Minneapolis/KMSP and Charlotte/WJZY — included three of the country’s Top 5 markets (NY, LA and Dallas). In those six markets, Kris averaged a 1.1/3 household rating, failing to build over the year-ago time period, and retaining its lead-in share. Kris did noticeably improve the stations’ May sweep performance in female demos, finishing first in its time slot in Los Angeles ahead of Katie, Steve Harvey, and Dr. Phil.
But the launch of the show’s six-week test run was not a home run, despite the bajillion bucks worth of free publicity it enjoyed compliments of the press. In New York, for instance, Kris clocked a 1.1/4 household rating, falling below both its Wendy Williams lead-in (1.4/5) and its leadout, the launch of The Real (1.5/5). That’s an accomplishment — for The Real, given how much less advance noise was made on that show’s part, owing to its shocking lack of Kardashian-ness. Read More »
Here’s a first promo for Twentieth Television-produced Kris, a one-hour daily talker starring Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner. (Spoiler alert: She mentions her family in this!) It is getting a six-week summer trial run on several Fox-owned stations including Fox 11 in LA (at 3 PM) and Fox 5 in NY (11 AM) beginning July 15. The summer test has worked in the past: Telepictures’ Bethenny did the same thing last year, earning a nationwide launch for this fall, and the syndie producer is trying it again this summer with The Real featuring Tamera Mowry, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Loni Love. Kris is being executive produced by Jenner and talk veteran Robert Lifton.
Twentieth Television today announced that Robert Lifton has been named executive producer of Kris. The new pop cuture-driven daytime talk show, hosted and executive produced by Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, will premiere on Monday, July 15, launching a six-week trial summer run on several Fox-owned stations, including flagships Fox 5 in New York and Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Lifton has 20 years of producing experience though his is a syndicated talk show novice. Recently, he created and oversaw E!’s weekday program Daily 10. Previously, he executive produced Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Sports Show Period. Additional credits include upcoming Bravo series Property Envy, Access Hollywood and ESPNSportsCenter.
Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner is officially adding a daytime talk show host to her resume. After lengthy negotiations, Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television announced today that Kris, a new daily one-hour talk show starring Jenner, will get a test run on select Fox-owned stations in markets, including New York and Los Angeles. The program, produced by Twentieth Television, is a pop culture driven talk show filmed in Los Angeles. It will feature celebrity guests, fashion & beauty trends; plus a mix of lifestyle topics. “This is something I have wanted to do all my life so it’s definitely a dream come true!,” said Jenner who will serve as executive producer.
“Whether offering real advice to her family or sharing personal moments with viewers, Kris is honest, compelling, entertaining, and unscripted – all excellent qualities for a daytime talk show host,” said Stephen Brown, EVP of Development & Programming, Twentieth TV. Added Frank Cicha, SVP of Programming, Fox Television Stations, “Wouldn’t be summer without at least one test, would it? In all seriousness, we go into this believing that if it works, the Kris Jenner program could really compliment what we’ve got going with Wendy, Bethenny, etc.” The six-week test run on the Fox stations … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, the first lady of reality television, is eying a move into daytime. I’ve learned that Jenner is in talks with Twentieth Television to host a daytime talk show. Discussions are also underway for a test run of the show on the Fox TV Stations as early as this summer. There had been speculation that Jenner, who has built a TV empire with theKeeping Up With The Kardashians franchise, is looking to launch her own talk show. Last year, she served as a fill-in host on The Talk and the fourth hour of Today. Meanwhile, the six-week test run on the Fox stations has become increasingly popular as it has spawned two series to go to national syndication: Wendy Williams and Bethenny. “Everyone wants to do a test with the Fox TV stations,” a spokesperson for the stations said, declining further comment. Read More »
NBC News President Steve Capus apologized to managers of the network’s affiliated stations — not for deciding not to observe a moment of silence marking the 11th anniversary of 9/11 during Tuesday’s Today show, but for subjecting the stations to criticism for a decision they didn’t make. Today was the only one of the three network morning shows that didn’t participate in the observation. Instead Today broadcast an interview with Kris Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians discussing her breast augmentation. Capus sent his memo to NBC Affiliate Corporation Group executives, the New York Times reported, and began by citing Today’s coverage of the attacks on American embassies in Libya and Egypt. Then he added: “Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept. 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize.”
In the pre-NBCU-Comcast merger days, probably the only chance for the Kardashian sisters to star on an iconic NBC series was if they were parodied on Saturday Night Live. But now that E! and NBC are corporate siblings, the Kardashian clan will migrate from its cable home on E! to NBC next week to co-host the Today show. NBC announced today that sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe, their mother Kris Jenner, and stepfather Bruce Jenner will take turns co-hosting the fourth hour of Today from Monday to Friday alongside Hoda Kotb. The NBCUniversal corporate synergy stint is to promote the Kim Kardashian wedding special launching on E! next Sunday. And it raises the question: Are we that far away from a primetime series on NBC starring the Kardashians?!
EXCLUSIVE: Former latenight star Molly Shannon is heading to daytime. The Saturday Night Live alumna is joining CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk as a guest host for the month of September. When the show’s second season starts next Tuesday, Shannon will be sitting around the Talk table alongside returning hosts Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne and new addition Sheryl Underwood. Osbourne will be on tap for the start of the season but she is scheduled to take some time off in the fall, so Shannon may cross paths on the show with reality matriarch Kris Jenner who will be filling in for Osbourne. Shannon is a comedy actress like the 2 original Talk co-hosts, Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, whose options were not renewed. But Shannon also has a strong live performance and improv background, having spent 6 years on SNL. And she fits into The Talk‘s theme of taking on current events from a mom’s perspective as she has 2 kids. Shannon, repped by Gersh and Framework, recently co-stared in the hit feature Bad Teacher and the musical Promises, Promises and did an arc on Glee. She also has a comedy project in the works at HBO.
EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: What in the world is CBS thinking? The network is going to announce shortly that Kris Jenner, the insufferable manager mom of those incredibly annoying Kardashian sisters, is the new fill-in host on The Talk. (Don’t these people have enough money for doing nothing already? I suppose Jenner at least can talk about her plastic surgeries…) Also being added is Sheryl Underwood, the African-American stand-up comedienne who used to be a regularly syndicated radio personality on the national Tom Joyner Morning Show as well as on the Jamie Foxx channel for Sirius XM satellite radio. She is now a weekly contributor on radio’s Steve Harvey Morning Show. A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Underwood likes to call herself ”a sexually progressive God-fearing black Republican”. (Black GOP-er? CBS went looking for a needle in a haystack…) Read More »