11 items from 2013
The show, now titled “Live With Kelly and Michael,” averaged 3.243 million viewers in the April 25-May 22 sweep period — up 8% from last year when it was a solo Kelly Ripa fronting “Live With Kelly.” It also drew a larger audience than the final two May sweeps of “Live!” hosted by Regis Philbin and Ripa, according to Nielsen.
The strong perf in its first year after Strahan become the permanent successor to Regis Philbin marks a big win for Disney’s syndie arm in successfully reinventing, for the second time, its lucrative daytime franchise. “Live” went into national syndication in 1989 with Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford as hosts; Ripa replaced Gifford in 2001.
In households, the first May sweep for “Live with Kelly and Michael »
- Rick Kissell
Steve Harvey wakes up every morning at 4. He showers, eats a piece of fruit, grabs some coffee and immediately goes to studio to record his radio show from 5-9 a.m.
By 9:30 he’s in a post-production meeting and then segues to another board meeting for his daytime talk show, “Steve Harvey,” which swept February ratings in the coveted 25-54 age group for women.
Harvey tapes that show until 12:45 p.m., takes a 20- to 30-minute break, goes back to taping, attends a few more meetings, goes to the gym, and then retires to bed.
This cycle repeats five days a week from late August until the beginning of May. During his talkshow hiatus, Harvey handles gameshow hosts duties for “Family Feud,” which recently pulled ahead of “Wheel of Fortune” in the 25-54 women’s age demographic for the first time in years.
“I won’t lie to you, »
- Michael Palumbo
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards earlier today. This year’s event will be telecast on the Turner Broadcast Networks, Hln on Sunday, June 16. The full list of all nominees in all categories (it's really, really long) can be downloaded at www.emmyonline.tv. Worth noting, Steve Harvey received 2 nominations: Outstanding Talk Show Host (The Steve Harvey Show) and Outstanding Game Show Host (Family Feud); Wayne Brady received a nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host (Let's Make A Deal); and finally, Kevin Clash received 2 nominations: Outstanding Performer In A Children's Series (as Elmo on Sesame Street) and he was also included in the overall Sesame Street nomination (listed as Executive Producer) for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series. I'm sure that last pair of nominations will raise a few eyebrows in light of several allegations...
- Tambay A. Obenson
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards earlier today. This year’s event will be telecast on the Turner Broadcast Networks, Hln on Sunday, June 16. The full list of all nominees in all categories (it's really, really long) can be downloaded at www.emmyonline.tv. Worth noting, Steve Harvey received 2 nominations: Outstanding Talk Show Host (The Steve Harvey Show) and Outstanding Game Show Host (Family Feud); Wayne Brady received a nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host (Let's Make A Deal); and finally, Kevin Clash received 2 nominations: Outstanding Performer In A »
- Tambay A. Obenson
CBS was the most nominated network at the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards announced this morning with 50 nominations, almost half of them for soap The Young And The Restless, which was the most nominated program with 23. All surviving soaps on the broadcast networks received a best drama series nomination, plus One Life To Live for its final episodes on ABC. (The Daytime Emmy Awards cover the previous calendar year. Oltl and All My Children‘s reboots by Prospect Park will be eligible next year.) Among talk shows, stalwart The Ellen DeGeneres Show again leads the way with 10 noms and will square off for best talk show with Live!, The View and The Talk. Katie Couric’s freshman syndicated talk show was the only newcomer in the top talk show categories, nominated for best talk show/informative alongside The Doctors and Dr. Oz. However, fellow rookie talk show host Steve Harvey »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
As television types head to MipTV (April 8-11), they’re finding traditional formats are returning with a twist — and that twist usually consists of interactivity or social media.
To that end, “Big Brother” is making a comeback across the globe, with a Brazilian broadcaster airing the show in 3D and a Spanish broadcaster allowing people to compete for a slot in the house on Facebook. Pop Idol is returning to the air in Turkey. And distributors have taken notice of the resurgence of “Family Feud,” which is a bonafide hit in domestic syndication with host Steve Harvey.
“I think that traditional games are going to come back with little spins and hooks and twists to make them feel fresher,” says Chachi Senior, CEO of Ardaban, the format label owned and operated by Shine America.
“Culturally, what’s happening right now is that everything has a game element to it. I recently watched E! »
- Paige Albiniak
Disney-abc made the announcement this morning. Stand-up comedian and actor Cedric The Entertainer has been named the new host of the syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire beginning with its 12th season this fall. He succeeds Meredith Vieira, who is departing at the end of this season. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-abc Domestic TV. Related: Cedric The Entertainer To Succeed Meredith Vieira As ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ Host CAA-repped Cedric is the second member of The Original Kings Of Comedy stand-up troupe to be recruited to host a syndicated game show, joining Steve Harvey, who has been on Family Feud since 2010. The Millionaire announcement comes just as the Harvey-hosted Family Feud hit a ratings milestone, posting a series high in women 25-54 (2.9) for the »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Louie Anderson is very familiar with interest in, and comment on, a public figure's weight.
Thus, the comedian and former "Family Feud" host identifies strongly with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, particularly in a week when the politician has been responding to reactions to his highly self-effacing appearance on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" Monday (Feb. 4).
'The thing is that when you're a big person, your struggle is right there in front of everyone," Anderson tells Zap2it. "Everyone has their own weight problem in a different way, and I think Chris Christie is really brave to tell people, 'Listen, it's really not your business. I'm aware of it, and I don't think I'm too fat to do the things I do.'
"We have a national weight problem," Anderson reasons, "and I believe Chris Christie will address it, but on his own terms. The cool thing is that »
Following some chatter during Natpe last week, I have learned that Cedric The Entertainer has closed a three-year deal to replace Meredith Vieira as host the syndicated version of quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I hear the multi-million pact will pay Cedric close to what Vieira was making in the final years of her 11-season stint on the Disney-abc show, which she’s hosted from its launch in 2002. Millionaire, which tapes in advance, will continue to air Vieira-hosted originals through May and repeats through the summer, with Cedric expected to take over in September. The Millionaire gig won’t interfere with the actor-comedian’s TV Land comedy series Soul Man, which is slated to begin filming its second season in March. Cedric will shoot his first season of Millionaire in September. CAA-repped Cedric is the second member of The Original Kings Of Comedy standup troupe to be »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
But Harvey showed a more emotional side on his daytime television show this week, thanks to an unexpected call. Harvey, who turned 56 on January 17, took a call via satellite during the show's taping as part of his birthday special. What transpired next sent both Harvey and his audience to tears.
A man appears and wishes him a happy birthday, causing Harvey to whisper "Aw, man," before pacing the stage. "This is Rich Liss from Orlando, Florida," the man said. "Do you still love me, baby?"
Harvey bends over, choking back sobs for a few moments. "Hey, man," he said, still trying to pull himself together. "I love you."
It turns out Liss and his wife, Becky, were early supporters of Harvey, »
- The Huffington Post
After claiming the number two most watched national-syndicated talk show last year, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution and Endemol USA have announced the renewal of the “Steve Harvey” show for a second season.
The media mogul has experienced a tremendous amount of success during his debut season as a daytime host, including being chosen as Favorite New Talk Show Host at the People’s Choice Awards.
"This project was a long time in the making and it would not have been possible without the incredibly talented Steve Harvey,” David Goldberg, Endemol's North America Chairman, said in a press release. “His humor, honesty and insight were an immediate hit with the daytime audience.
"I am grateful to Rushion McDonald, Mr. Harvey's manager and longtime business partner, who has been instrumental from the beginning, and to Barry and his team at NBCU who put their full power and resources behind the show from day one, »
- Brennan Williams
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