CBS TV Distribution this evening issued a statement confirming that Terry Wood, president of creative affairs and development at CBS Television Distribution, will be departing the company after 12 years. She most recently oversaw development of CTD’s Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, this season’s highest-rated first-year show, and the hire of Nancy O’Dell to succeed Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight.
“Over the past twelve years, Terry has made substantial and lasting contributions to CBS Television Distribution and helped define the current face of daytime television in the process. She developed and launched five new series – including Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray — that remain on the air today. In addition, Terry has overseen our on-going series with competitive fire, energy and innovation at every turn. We respect her desire to pursue the next chapter in her career and are quite confident her talents will bring success to whatever that opportunity may be.”
UPDATED: There were Internet claims at the time of retiring ET host Mary Hart’s announcement that The Insider‘s Lara Spencer had been chosen as her replacement. But we knew they weren’t true. Instead, we reported that CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, CBS Television Distribution President John Nogawski, and ET’s producers “would look at her and other outside candidates”. And that’s exactly what they did. They went to the competition and fixed on Nancy O’Dell, veteran co-host of rival Access Hollywood, who will succeed Hart when she departs Entertainment Tonight after almost 30 years. O’Dell will join ET in January as a special correspondent and substitute anchor, and will assume her permanent role as co-anchor alongside Mark Steines after Hart’s departure at the end of the 2010-2011 TV season. “When Mary Hart told us she planned to leave ET at the end of this season, we went into denial,” ET executive producer Linda Bell Blue said. “But we also knew we had one tough job to do — find someone to fill that seat. In Nancy we have found that someone.”