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NBC Universal Launching Daytime Talker, The Meredith Vieira Show in 2014!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Katie Couric will have some competition now that NBC Universal announced yesterday it’s launching its own syndicated talker with Meredith Vieira, entitled The Meredith Vieira Show! 

According to, the series is set to debut in the fall of 2014. Vieira recently shot a pilot for the new series and had began talks with NBCU after she announced she was leaving Disney’s syndicated game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire after 11 years.

Network chairman, Ted Harbert said of the Vieira talk show decision:  “All of us at NBCU are so excited about this new show with Meredith.  She creates an instant connection with audiences with her smart, quick-witted and down-to-earth style. This entertaining and substantive show will be a great way to reach her loyal daytime fans as well as new ones who will discover why Meredith is one of America’s most loved television personalities.”

So another talk show is in the works daytime fans! What do you think? Interested to see how Meredith fairs in the daytime landscape gabfest arena?  Are you concerned that another talk show is being mounted?  Let us know your thoughts!



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I’m split on having another daytime talk show. What I like about Meredith is that her guests will like her sweet and yet funny remarks which will make them comfortable around her. She is also pretty informed on many areas of topics. What I hope is that she gets a fresh look about her such as her hair and makeup as I think it would help launch her new show. I probably will not regularly as I would prefer to binge-watch other programs on t.v. However, good luck.

Too many talk shows. But, Meredith will do better than Katie. Her days are numbered.

I’m not really into talk shows, but I like Meredith.

Oh good,another daytime talk show for me to ignore.

We need another talk show like we need a hole in the head! But I do think Meredith is one of the more reputable TV hosts currently on air.

With so many talk shows on air– what’s left to talk about? Haven’t they all pretty much covered everything under the sun? Unless she has a fresh format to offer that is different from all the Oprah copycats that sprung up since Ms. O started– I say maybe it is time to invest in game shows again. I rather watch a good quiz show I can play along with than listen to another talk show.

If you love soaps, stop watching talk shows.

meredith is a great lady. i met her twice. her talk show will be a huge hit. i work at a grocery store. meredith was doing her shopping. she was very friendly and down to earth. i want more talk shows and game shows. i really enjoy them. i love watching days of our lives young and the restless and bold and the beautiful. they are terrific shows. i quit watching general hospital 1 month ago. the show really sucks now. i was a gh fan for 20 years. im 30 years old. gh will face cancellation again next year. i dont care anymore. just cancel gh. replace it with a game show or talk show. bring back press your luck tic tac dough and maybe a trivia game show.

I like Meredith better than some others who have talk shows but ANOTHER TALK SHOW? Why do all these people leave their jobs saying how tired they are, etc, then run out & get their own talk show? Is it an ego thing? They can’t stand not to be on tv or something? Why don’t they just retire & go away! They sure can afford it.

Is she maried to a NBC honcho like Julie Chen is? I will fight hard to
prevent the end of DAYS. I hope ATWT viewers do’nt watch the talk,
which was handed to Julie by her husband after axing ATWT. I wàs
never a fan of ATWT, but I felt the soap world was betrayed by that
husband and wife.

I’ve always liked Meredith and I think she’d fare well with a talk show. That said, I understand that talk shows are cheap to produce with the potential to be very profitable and producers want to try to find the next Oprah or Phil Donahue, but I just think we’ve reached a saturation point where there are just too many daytime talk shows featuring the same topics and guests. It may be time to invest in bringing back some more game shows to have some more variety. After all, they’re cheap to produce too.


B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang Weighs-In On Hope’s New Attitude: “Brooke is Starting to be Like, ‘Uh-oh! She’s Taking After Me!’ ”

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) has been not pleased with her daughter Hope’s (Annika Noelle) choice in bedfellows! After all, Brooke and Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) have a long history of disdain for each other (although there was that time they took psychedelic berries together and pranced around with not much clothes on).

Hope had divorced Liam (Scott Clifton) and has been getting much closer to Thomas, feeling he is the only man who ‘gets her’ and ‘sees her’ for who she really is.  On recent episodes of B&B, Hope has no problem giving into her desires for Thomas, now that she is no longer Hope Spencer.

Soap Opera Digest spoke with series iconic star, Katherine Kelly Lang to get her take on what she thinks of Hope’s attitude adjustment and recent behavior.

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Lang expressed: “She seems to have changed a bit. She’s not the sweet little Hope that she once was and Brooke is starting to be like, ‘Uh-oh! She’s taking after me!’’

Brooke is not happy that Thomas has apparently won over Hope, when she is wary of the guy. Katherine added, “Thomas was stalking her (Hope) and he did all that crazy stuff with the baby. He just hasn’t been good for her, you know, especially when he was totally obsessed with her. So, Brooke doesn’t believe that that’s completely gone, that there’s still got to be some of that in Thomas somewhere and she’s worried about her daughter. So, of course, she would kind of say, ‘This is not good. This is just not a good situation. With all the men in the sea, why, why do you (pick Thomas)?”

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However, many might see that as the pot calling the kettle black given how Brooke has often given into her desires with the men in her life and made some pretty bad choices herself!

So, is Hope turning into a ‘mini-Brooke’? Should Brooke continue to warn Hope of Thomas’ past, or should she just mind her own business at this point? Share your comments via the comment section.

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‘The Price is Right’ Decks the Halls with Five Holiday-Themed Primetime Episodes & Pet Rescue & Adoption Week on Daytime

Talk about getting into the holiday spirit! The Price is Right is set to air five brand new holiday-themed episodes airing in December on primetime, plus the daytime version will also have a special week. Host Drew Carey will preside over the game show proceedings!

Daytime’s The Price is Right holiday week (Dec 18-Dec 22) will feature animal trainer, author and host of CBS’ Lucky Dog Reunions, Brandon McMillan, and Robert Valandra, nephew of legendary host Bob Barker, who both bring along some furry friends up for adoption. The week concludes with ‘Price is Right’ model Amber Lancaster, an advocate of animal adoption, and some adorable dogs who need a home for the holidays.

The Price is Right continues to network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT).

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On Primetime, here is the holiday lineup of shows (the week of Dec 4-8):

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY (Monday, December 4, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings coworkers and colleagues together to cheer each other on as they play for prizes that can be shared and enjoyed by all of their office mates.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: BLIND HOLIDATE (Thursday, December 7, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings in a matchmaker to pair up an audience full of single, eligible adults, and lucky contestants will meet for the first time when they are called to “Come on down!” and compete together as a team. They play for fabulous cash and prizes, pairs of cars, and maybe they’ll even win a love match!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: COLLEGE STUDENTS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Friday, December 8 at 8:00 PM ET/PT) welcomes college students home adorned in their best school spirit gear, teamed up with their parents to play for exotic trips, amazing prizes, and cash for college!

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAYS WITH THE FAMILY (Monday, December 18, 8:00 PM, ET/PT). Parents and their young children compete for some of the most desired gifts Santa has in his sleigh. Decorated in their holiday best, families work as a team to win prizes to make their holidays oh so bright!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAY HEROES (Tuesday, December 19, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) salutes the military to thank America’s brave heroes for keeping us safe all year round. Active-duty military members in uniform compete for luxury items, including trips to remarkable destinations, $50,000 in cash, and cars!

Of note: Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.

Lots of The Price is Right holiday cheer and pet adoptions coming your way. Will you be watching? Comment below. But first, check out a clip from one of the primetime episodes.

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96th Annual Academy Awards to Start an Hour Earlier, While Jimmy Kimmel Shares, “I Always Dreamed of Hosting the Oscars Exactly Four Times”

In a move to keep viewers not up past their bedtimes, the 2024 Oscars telecast will now begin one hour earlier than usual.  According to news from the Academy on Thursday, the ceremonies will begin at 7 pm ET/4PM PT on March 1o, 2024.

That is an hour shift when the broadcast usually begins at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.  The official pre-show will also begin earlier, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The 96th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with nominations being announced on January 23rd.

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A few weeks ago on November 15th, Jimmy Kimmel was officially named the host of the Oscars for the fourth time. The hosting gig marks the second year in a row for Kimmel. The comedian also hosted in 2017 and 2018.

Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney will also one again, co-write and executive produce, the telecast.  In a statement on presiding over movies biggest night of the year, Kimmel joked, “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.”

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ABC also plans on airing a special episode of their hit comedy Abbott Elementary, immediately following what should be a three-and-a-half hour telecast of the Oscars.

So, what do you think about the time shift with the Oscars starting an hour earlier? Happy about it? Won’t be settled in at that early time slot to sit and watch the show? Comment below.

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