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Jeff Probst Inks For Syndicated Talk Show To Bow In Fall 2012

By | Monday June 27, 2011 @ 2:06pm PDT

CBS is staying in the Jeff Probst business. Syndication arm CBS Television Distribution has signed the Emmy-winning host of Survivor to develop a first-run talk show set to debut in fall 2012. The one-hour talker will cover topics ranging from newsmakers of the day to families and individuals facing challenges. “There’s no one else in daytime TV like Jeff Probst. He is interested in finding the answers to the same questions our audience is asking, which makes him relatable to both women and men,” CTD president John Nogawski said. “Jeff’s unique perspective and curiosity about human nature, combined with our track record of success with the #1 and #2 talk shows for years, is going to make this show a must buy for the Fall of 2012. We are thrilled to be working on Jeff’s next success story and drawing from his experience on the hit prime-time show Survivor.” Probst has filled in for Regis Philbin on Live With Regis and Kelly, and he was a regular guest host on Larry King Live. ”I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level,” he said. “As I continue with Survivor, I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime.”

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Katie Couric Deal With ABC Coming Monday?

By | Friday June 3, 2011 @ 1:02pm PDT

It’s been pretty much a done deal that Katie Couric is headed to ABC to start her own syndicated talk show, but an official announcement can’t be made before the matching window expires at her former employer CBS. Well, that window expires this weekend, and CBS pulled its offer in early May. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that an announcement from ABC could be made as early as Monday. While a foregone conclusion, word is that the ABC is not completely done yet but is in final stages. When it’s all set and done, it is expected to include the talk show, which would give Couric the ownership and potential financial windfall she had been seeking, as well as a role for her at ABC News, including possibly pieces on primetime newsmagazine 20/20. As expected, ABC would launch the Katie Couric talk show in fall 2012, airing it in the afternoon. The network is expected to give back an hour to its owned and affiliate stations so they can easily accommodate the new program. The only surviving ABC soap opera, General Hospital, which now airs at 3 PM, may be moved to an earlier time slot to make room for the talk show. The odds are that new unscripted series The Chew and The Revolution, which are set to take over the 1 PM and 2 PM slots in the fall and in January, won’t both … Read More »

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