Inventor Tom Wolzien just received the patent for his Skype-based Video Call Center technology, which means he can roll it out to TV or web providers who want to offer an affordable video version of talk radio. He says this will be “the first new TV content genre since the inception of reality TV two decades ago.” That’s a bold forecast; several readers understandably were skeptical more than a year ago when I first wrote about the idea. I’d join them — except that I also know that Wolzien is a guy who has earned the right to be taken seriously. Before he decided to dedicate himself to inventions (he already has several major patents), advising moguls, and serving as TiVo’s lead independent director, he was one of the smartest media analysts on Wall Street, and had been a top exec at NBC News.
As expected, ABC today announced its deal with Katie Couric, who will now have had major gigs on all of the Big 3 networks. The pact includes a New York-based daytime talk show, executive produced by Jeff Zucker, which will launch in September 2012, and duties at ABC News where the network says she will contribute to “all programs.” Couric’s syndicated show will air at 3 PM, the time slot where ABC currently airs its soon-to-be only soap General Hospital and which will be returned to the ABC affiliates in September 2012. The yet-untitled Couric show has already been cleared in almost a quarter of the U.S. as it has been picked up by the 8 ABC Owned stations. Despite taking away an hour of its 3-hour daytime block, ABC said that it “continues to support General Hospital, and the plans to launch The Chew in September of this year and The Revolution in January 2012.” If one of the new reality series, which will replace canceled daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live, doesn’t make it beyond its first season, ABC could presumably shift General Hospital to an early slot for fall 2012 if it wants to keep the soap. The deal marks Couric’s return to ABC where she started her career as an assistant in 1979. Here is ABC’s release and an email sent out by ABC News president Ben Sherwood:
Debmar-Mercury and the Fox TV Stations are setting up another gradual rollout of a daily syndicated talk show, Father Albert. This summer, the daily one-hour talk show featuring advice from radio-television talk show host, author and priest Father Alberto Cutié, known as “Father Oprah” will get a preview on the Fox stations that is also available to other stations. Father Albert, marks Father Alberto Cutié’s English-language TV debut.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage:
The discussion at the panel for CBS’ new daytime talk show The Talk– featuring the six co-hosts, executive producer Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Sharon Osbourne – seemed to focus mostly on the fact that Gilbert is a lesbian, particularly, a lesbian who failed to acknowledge her partner and co-parent in the press materials for the new show, even though the other women’s husbands were mentioned. Another question that has been raising a lot more controversy received far less attention: the fact that co-host Chen – who already has two high profile jobs as co anchor of CBS’ “Early Show” and the U.S. version of “Big Brother” — is married to Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp.
British talk show hosts seem to be hot commodity for cable news networks these days. As CNN is reportedly pursuing Piers Morgan to replace Larry King, MSNBC has lured Nightline co-anchor Martin Bashir to anchor his own daily afternoon show and a contribute to NBC’s primetime newsmagazine Dateline NBC. Bashir, who rose to fame in the US with his 2003 documentary Living with Michael Jackson, will make the network switch in September. Bashir became a regular on US television when he joined ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20 in 2004. He became a Nightline co-anchor a year later. On Nightline, he will be replaced by Bill Weir, co-anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America.
BURBANK, Calif. (July 7, 2010) – After only four months in the marketplace following the announcement earlier this year that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” had been renewed through 2014 on the owned-and-operated stations of the NBC Local Media Division, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) has continued to lock up early fringe renewals throughout the country on ABC, CBS and NBC network-affiliated stations for the Emmy® Award–winning talk show from Telepictures Productions.