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The Meredith Vieira Show A Firm Go For Fall 2014! Stations Picking It Up Due To KATIE's Looming Axe!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

According to Broadcasting & Cable this morning, “The Meredith Vieira Show is the first syndicated first-run show to get a firm go for next fall. NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution has sold Vieira in more than 60% of the U.S.for its broadcast syndication debut next September, said Ed Swindler, president, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and president, NBC Broadcast Operations.

The NBC Owned Stations staked their claim to Vieira in July, soon after NBCU decided to pick the show up to series.  Besides NBC, stations from Hearst Television, Sinclair, LIN Media, Cordillera Communications, Gray Television, Post-Newsweek, Schurz Communications, London Broadcasting, Hubbard Broadcasting, Bonneville, Meredith, Young, Raycom, Quincy, Cox and other groups have acquired the show.

According to sources, many stations are picking up Vieira to hedge their bets if Disney-ABC’s Katie does not return for a third season. Hearst, which owns 13 ABC affiliates, is ABC’s biggest affiliate group.

The NBC Owned Stations are expected to air Vieira at 2 p.m. in many markets, leading into the group’s two established talkers: NBCU’s Steve Harvey at 3 and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres at 4. Those stations have holes at 2 p.m. after CBS Television Distribution ended the low-rated run of Jeff Probst after only one year.  The show will be produced in New York, with Vieira serving as an executive producer as well as host, and will be produced and distributed by NBCU DTD.”

So, what do you think of stations clearing Meredith Vieria in case Katie Couric’s show falls by the wayside? Would you be at all interested in watching a Meredith talker over a Katie talker?  Yes, we all know we would prefer to have a soap on, but that is not likely to happen any time soon, unfortunately!

 

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Jody
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Jody

This will not have any impact in the NYC media market re: WABC /Katie since it looks like it will be on WNBC at 2:00. What about Days of our lives?

ethel
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ethel

dool now comes on at 12:00 noon on the east coast………………

Jody
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Jody

Not in NYC.

ethel
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ethel

oh – well it does in philadelphia………..

carla
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carla

Another boring show same topics different host. Katie might as well stay on the air.

Joshua
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Joshua

I know, right. I don’t understand why soap bloggers are so adamant about slamming Katie Couric.

No. 1: “General Hospital” was NEVER cancelled because of her talk show (which airs on NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates all over the country).

No. 2: If/when it is axed, another talk show will take it’s place, not the return of a soap.

If you want to blame some shows, blame “The Chew” and “Revolution.”

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Too many talk shows already. That would be three hours of talk, talk, talk. You hear the same thing over and over with the same set of ” EXPERTS”. Too much. Stop trying to replace Oprah not possible!!!

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

No thanks. I cannot remember the last time I even watched a talk show. I watch the CBS morning show and news for a few minutes each morning. Bring back OLTL.

Rich
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Rich

I wonder what that means for “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”,which M.V. used to host and is now hosted by Cedric The Entertainer,since it airs in the 2PM slot after DAYS on KNBC in Los Angeles.

anna
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anna

I love meredith vieria her talk show will be a huge hit. cancel days of our lives. its really boring now.

johnny
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johnny

right on anna i totally agree with you. days of our lives will be gone soon. i smell a cancellation coming soon. meredith seems like a nice lady. katie couric puts me to sleep. i have never liked that woman. she is really full of herself

lance
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lance

meridith i love that woman so much. her show will have good ratings. i hope this means katie will be cancelled. i hate katie so much. katie is greedy, i cannot believe they threw 20 million dollars to katie. what a waste of money. where people are starving all over the world. katie is dumb dumb. people don’t care for her anymore.

Omar
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Omar

JUST MY OPINION: It boggles my mind that you are in a soap opera website, yet you are writing or wishing that Days of our Lives gets cancelled!!??? People lets support our serial dramas, regardless if we watch that show or not..I for one am hoping the genre continues to regrow..If people are wishing that certain soaps should be cancelled, then why be on a website about soaps?? JUST MY OPINION

Mark Y
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Mark Y

You do realize that this is a blog that promotes the soap genre,don’t you?

BR
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BR

At least we can expect her to be soap positive (as KATIE was, surprisingly). If we can’t do anything about these talk shows, they should at least be good vehicles for promoting the remaining soaps. CBS sibling show THE TALK is obviously the best at this, but KATIE promoted both DAYS and GH milestones and produced a prime time special. As long as Meredith does the same, I can’t complain. It’s not like AW is coming back to NBC 🙁

BR
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BR

I say “can expect” given Meredith’s fandom of GH and her multiple appearances as Bree, the former madame (who was taught the business by OLTL’s Renee, we learned) turned Lucy Coe-assistant/confidante. She seems to have a good relationship with soaps which would hopefully lead to some synergy, if not for GH, then for DAYS, which needs it. It has no “TALK” and deserves much better ratings lately, than it’s been getting. Get some cross promotion going!

jonboy
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jonboy

What makes them think one will succeed where the other failed? Too many talkers as it is. Somebody needs to come up with a new way to score daytime viewers. Soaps evidently aren’t doing it, but neither was Katie.

Melissa
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Melissa

While I really like MV and dislike Katie, I still
will not tune in.GH is the only daytime
Show I will watch.I wonder if ABC understands
How bad they messed up!!Miss my soaps.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I want action…not talk…i only watch soaps and reruns of Match Game on GSN!!!

kathy
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kathy

why doesn’t some one come up with another soap opera that would be nice instead of another talk show who needs them to many already

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

It would be nice to see a new soap but they are too costly to produce…i doubt any network would be interested!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Katie still took the money out of OLTL, in essence. Damage done.
She gets the money too, 1%.
Also, she treated her staff and crew like crap, so who cares. She still wins big.

Annette P
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Annette P

Doesn’t matter to me because I watch Ellen when Katie is on. I like Katie but Ellen is such an amazing host.

john truisi
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john truisi

I think you should change the title of your website to Michael fairman on air soaps and talk shows.Your website is constantly giving free advertising to these stupid talk shows.The soaps are dying stop writing about the dumb talk shows.Your website should only talk about the soaps.The cackling hens of the talk get more publicity on your site then the soaps.Your site needs to start talking about how to keep these soaps alive.This is supposedly your bread and butter in life.The real reason all my children is not taping is because there is no money.The soaps are extremely expensive to… Read more »

randy
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randy

you sound bitter and miserable. talk shows are daytime as well. if you don’t like it. leave the site. plain simple. go have your breakfast you need it. lmao

Dee
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Dee

Love Meredith Vieria and so glad she is in and Katie maybe out! I find Meredith to be a breath of fresh of air as opposed to Katie who really is more into herself! I am so unhappy Meredith does not do the Millionaire Show and miss her tremendously. Congratulations Meredith! You rock!

johnny
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johnny

i love meredith too. she is a very openminded person. and also everyone loves her. katie couric is fake. watch it folks katie will stab you in the back. lol

brian
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brian

ONE LIFE TO LIVE is all I will say.

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

ONe life to live , I agree

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

DITTO!!!!!

maloney
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maloney

DITTO!:)

mike t
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mike t

No thanks–won’t watch !!Bring back OLTL and AMC to abc !!

frank
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frank

that will never happen. abc wants out of the soap business. oltl and amc will never come back to abc or any other network. lets all accept OLTL will never come back again. prospect park are idiots flakes, and are playing games with us.

maloney
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maloney

still not watching another boring talk show, they are so stupid putting money on failed talk shows, BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE , if they want ratings ugh stupid asses

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I agree 100%…

Charday
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Charday

I agree—another boring talk show.

su0000
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su0000

When OLTL and AMC were canceled you could not give them away to any network tv station or cable.. None/No network stepped up to take them, none.. The networks and even cable do not want the expense and huge undertaking to air a soap opera.. Seems they are a taboo to all networks to invest in them.. Thank all powers that their are still 4 soaps remaining Daytime tv struggling to keep alive.. Cooking shows are the lowest budget there is to be had, next to nothing to produce/air. a cooking show. Second is the cheap category are talk shows..… Read more »

jp
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jp

Stop with the talk shows. Enough already. Bring back OLTL. That’s what we all want.

me
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me

LOL@ everyone here saying “not another talk show”. These are the same jilted lovers who still haven’t gotten over their beloved soaps leaving them, yet if they thought about it would realize that for ages and ages, said soaps were also on 3 hours a day on every network. No different.

Jared
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Jared

I adore Meredith. She’s one in a million people whose talk show I would consider watching. That’s not because I love talk shows, but I do love Meredith. In a perfect world, she should be a news anchor again and leave daytime to scripted programming.

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I will not be watching Meredith.. Another talk show please! And Queen Laifa has a talk show also now. Why do they keep putting out these talk shows? I am not interested at all. I rather watch a soap opera over a talk show any day.. I watch GH and when it is over at three, I put in my dvd player one of my movies to watch..

maloney
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maloney

talk shows ,cooking shows will become extinct , GH prooved there is still life in soaps , abc should swallow there high almighty pride with stuck up execs , bring back our soaps to loyal fans who watched and made them rich if it wasn’t for us!!!! , ……more failed programming to come …abc can eat it like lucy cole on gh said:)

maloney
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maloney

prospect park are lying asses too,…..

sheryl postin
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sheryl postin

I would watch Meredith, but bring back OLTLand AMC too. Please don’t get rid of the other soaps that are on right now . The fans have spoken and what they want so try to find a way to do what the fans want and you will all be heroes.

maloney
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maloney

i feel sorry for meredith , i like her , its obvious her show won’t stick ,its going to be the same as katie , i wish her well she seems like a great person 🙂

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The problem isn’t the programming the problem is the whole network system is failing. Gone are the days where people had only three networks to choose from and those three networks could guarantee their advertisers large audiences to watch their ads. Slowly but surely, network television will be gone– replaced by a more a on demand format, where the consumers chooses which product to watch and when, and advertiser will target ads to individuals– by the kind of show they choose– sort of like what Google does now by targeting ads based on which websites you visit. Right now we… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Agree, and-
I can not understand how some people can hope for OLTL and AMC to return to any network tv station, it will never happen, never..
We are very fortunate to still have the 4 remaining soaps..

Daytime will soon be cheap tv, I even see infomercials coming to daytime to help keep it alive..
And yet, some people think OLTL and AMC could return to daytime haaa haa!!
(god bless those silly people lol)

Becky
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Becky

I would much rather watch Meredith than Katie. My fear is that they’re actually going to put her on in place of General Hospital. I won’t watch her if that’s the case!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Like Meredith…but please, no more talk shows!

su0000
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su0000

daytime tv is dying.. it’s the networks night time programming keeping daytime alive, money wise..
low budget very cheap talk and cooking shows are what is keeping money in the bank to produce our very expensive soaps on the air..

—- taking from hand to put in the other ..

JLH
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JLH

Yawn, yet another talk show I’ll never watch… At this point, with all the talk shows and “reality” programming, a soap would be about the most original thing a network could offer.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I enjoy Katie when she has programming worth watching, or a celebrity I care about. But otherwise, I don’t tune in. Hopefully Meredith has a stronger go!! Wishing her all the success!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Personality-wise, give me Meredith Vieira over that Katie Couric ANY DAY!!!!! Meredith is such a wonderful breath of fresh air…and…she knows how to keep it R-E-A-L!!!!! Unlike Katie, who is so fake and annoying. And the sound of Katie’s voice is EVEN MORE ANNOYING!!!!! No Thank You. TEAM MEREDITH VIEIRA!!!!!!!

Linda
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Linda

Most likely I will not tune in as there are too many talk shows. I prefer good daytime drama like OLTL and AMC that ABC cancelled. Also there are too many cooking shows on too like that silly Chew. If ABC wants to cancel a show, chew up the Chew. Long live General Hospital!

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

Another boring talk show that will be cancelled like Katie!

Kate
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Kate

Unfortunately, we all need to accept the fact that our soaps are gone for good. At some point, a really good soap will get going on the Internet. People are trying hard to make that happen. I get tired of people critizing PP. No one wants to bring the soaps back more than PP. They have invested a lot of money into the soaps. They had no idea how hard a task this was going to be. They are having to pave the way for themselves and others. I ,too, get frustrated with the lack of info from PP. I… Read more »

Teresa
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Teresa

There are already too many talk shows on every channel. Just leave DOOL and GH alone. I have been watching them since I was a child. I used to watch these shows with my mother and grandmother. Talk shows need to get their own forum.

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