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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 Deadline.com, 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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Sandy
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Sandy

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.

louisa
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louisa

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

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

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

tim
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tim

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

Michael S
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Michael S

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.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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.

4everdays
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4everdays

If you love soaps, stop watching talk shows.

david
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david

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.… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

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.

4everdays
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4everdays

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.

Danielle
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Danielle

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.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche in “Extremely Critical Condition”; Still in Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

Although earlier reports over the weekend had soap opera alum and Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) in stable condition following crashing her car into a home, on Monday an update on her condition looked more grim.

According to a statement provided to Deadline by Heche’s rep: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Since last Friday, Heche has been hospitalized following a harrowing incident where she crashed her car which caught fire into a private home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

In addition, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from Heche.

Over the last few days, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” with her co-host Heather Duffy was released, which showed the actress slurring her speech.

Erroneous reports said that the podcast which dropped on Friday, was also recorded that day, and that Heche had been drinking prior to her accident during the show.  However, it has come to light that Heche taped that episode last Tuesday, not the day of the crash.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Anne as we continue to monitor and update the situation on the film and TV star, via the comment section below.

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