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Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show to End After 2 Seasons (Exclusive)

Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show to End After 2 Seasons (Exclusive)
Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime talk show is drawing to a close.

“‘Harry’ is ending it’s run after two seasons,” a spokesperson for NBCUniversal Domestic Television told Variety. “Harry is a phenomenal talent and it’s been a great partnership working with the Fox Stations and other supportive groups on this truly unique show.”

“Harry” will continue to tape through September. For the week ending Jan. 28, the most recent for which data is available, the show averaged a 0.9 Nielsen household rating.

“I have truly loved doing this show and appreciate your welcoming me into your homes every single day,” Connick said. “I’m incredibly proud of the show we produced over the past two seasons. We tried to create a safe place where families could gather to be entertained, uplifted and inspired and where we could celebrate everyday women who work hard to make our world a better place. I am truly
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Harry: Season Two Renewal for Harry Connick Jr Series

As expected, Harry Connick Jr. is sticking with daytime. His syndicated talk show, Harry, has been renewed for a second season. Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, and Jason Kurtz executive produce the series with Connick and his manager, Ann Marie Wilkins.Although the news is not yet up on the NBC-Universal press site, Variety reports NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and Fox Television Stations have renewed the Harry TV show for season two. Season one premiered in first-run syndication, back in September of 2016.Read More…
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Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show Renewed for Season 2 (Exclusive)

Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show Renewed for Season 2 (Exclusive)
Harry Connick Jr. is staying put in daytime. NBCUniversal Domestic TV and Fox Television Stations have renewed the syndicated daytime strip “Harry” for a second season this fall.

“I love my show! To continue sharing an hour every day with my audience is a great honor and thrill – can’t wait for season 2,” Connick said in a statement.

“Harry’s” viewership since its September premiere has been respectable, if not spectacular, averaging about 1.3 million viewers for the season to date in morning and early afternoon time slots. The show last week grabbed five Daytime Emmy Award nominations, including a bid for entertainment talk show host for Connick.

“Harry” has served up an upbeat blend of talk, comedy and variety segments along with music and performance segments highlighting the multifaceted host’s bona fides as an accomplished musician.

The show has been championed by the Fox O&O group as a different spin on the daytime talk show
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David Letterman Has High Hopes for Harry Connick Jr.’s New Talk Show

David Letterman Has High Hopes for Harry Connick Jr.’s New Talk Show
Harry Connick Jr.’s path to hosting his own daytime talk show began with his many visits to other talk shows – appearances which broadened his career from jazz musician to actor and TV personality.

No program was more important to Connick’s blossoming than “The Late Show with David Letterman,” where he guested 21 times from 1993 to 2014. Now that Connick is about to make his debut as the host of “Harry,” the syndicated talker bowing Sept. 12, no one is happier for him than Letterman.

“He’s one of these guys I dislike intensely,” Letterman told Variety. “I can’t do more than sit there and make fun of people. He can play the piano. He can sing. He’s very funny. I can’t do more than one thing at a time and he can do all of those things. It’s just not fair.”

“Harry,” which will air mostly in afternoon time slots in major markets, promises
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Harry Connick Jr. Takes His Southern Charm and Wit to Daytime TV

Harry Connick Jr. Takes His Southern Charm and Wit to Daytime TV
Whenever Harry Connick Jr.’s name popped up on the guest list for “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Eric and Justin Stangel didn’t worry about that night’s show.

The brothers — head writers for “The Late Show” for 17 years — knew that Connick was money as a guest. He was a favorite of Letterman’s because he was funny, fearless, and fast on his feet. The New Orleans native proved a natural raconteur who could effortlessly roll with whatever Letterman tossed at him over 21 appearances between 1993 and 2014.

Starting Sept. 12, those qualities will get a workout from the other side of the desk when Connick debuts as host of “Harry,” a syndicated daytime series that he promises will be unlike any other hour on television. The Stangel brothers developed the show with Connick, and the three share executive producer credit.

In the estimation of one who knows what it takes to last as a TV host, connick
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Harry Connick Jr. on New Talk Show: ‘We’re Not Going to Play Games’

Harry Connick Jr. on New Talk Show: ‘We’re Not Going to Play Games’
Harry Connick Jr.’s new NBCUniversal-produced daytime show will feature many of the trappings of a traditional talker — a live band, celebrity interviews. But what’s also notable is what it won’t have.

“We’re not going to play games,” Connick said of his guests Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “I’m not going to put them in dunk tanks.”

Connick has been a staple guest on late-night and daytime talkers for years. In his new show, “Harry,” which was picked up last in October to run on 17 Fox-owned stations nationwide, Connick will work with executive producers Eric and Justin Stangel, former head writers for CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.”

“I’ve been up there with just about everybody, and there are people who I consider to be the best in the business,” Connick said. “I think Dave Letterman, as far as a person who would ask questions and interact
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TV News Roundup: Katey Sagal Joins ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing,’ Echo Kellum Upped to ‘Arrow’ Series Regular

TV News Roundup: Katey Sagal Joins ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing,’ Echo Kellum Upped to ‘Arrow’ Series Regular
In Monday’s TV news round-up, “Son’s of Anarchy” star Katey Sagal will star in ABC’s TV movie musical adaptation of “Dirty Dancing”; Echo Kellum has been promoted to a series regular on The CW’s “Arrow,” and more…

Casting:

Katey Sagal has been cast in the ABC musical event “Dirty Dancing.” The “Sons of Anarchy” actress will play Vivian Pressman, a recently divorced former beauty queen who sets her sights on younger men like Colt PrattesJohnny Castle. New to rejection, Vivian will find herself in a jealous rage when Johnny rejects her for Abigail Breslin’s Baby.

Starting in Season 5, Echo Kellum will be promoted to series regular status on the CW’s “Arrow.” Starring as the genius tech whiz Curtis Holt (aka Mr. Terrific), the actor first appeared on the action-adventure series in the beginning of Season 4. The news was first reported by TVLine.

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Jason Kurtz Joins Harry Connick Jr.’s Daytime Show As Exec Producer

Jason Kurtz has joined Harry Connick Jr.’s new daytime variety show Harry from NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution as executive producer. The show has been sold in 99% of the U.S. to date for its debut in national broadcast syndication on September 12. Kurtz joins Justin Stangel and Eric Stangel as executive producers of Harry along with Harry Connick, Jr. and Ann Marie Wilkins. Previously, Kurtz served as an executive producer of the Harry pilot, and most recently…
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Natpe: Fragmented Audiences Lead to More Risk, Alternative Offerings

Natpe: Fragmented Audiences Lead to More Risk, Alternative Offerings
For syndication, it’s the age of experimentation.

The path to a national first-run launch has become more complicated in an era when success is defined by demo ratings that rarely rise above the 2.0 rating threshold. The daytime TV audience has become as fragmented as the primetime crowd.

The challenge of reaching a broad national audience is driving the trend of regionally focused programming efforts spearheaded by station groups rather than studios. The promises and pitfalls of these and other changes facing the syndication business will be much discussed at the annual National Assn. of Television Program Executives conference in Miami.

“We don’t do one-size-fits-all deals,” says Sean Compton, Tribune Media’s president of strategic programming and acquisitions. Tribune Media is one of the nation’s largest station groups covering the major markets vital to any syndie series. But Compton emphasizes that program-buying decisions have become increasingly focused on
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Fox Stations Grab Harry Connick Jr. Variety Show as Daytime Dealmaking Heats Up

Fox Stations Grab Harry Connick Jr. Variety Show as Daytime Dealmaking Heats Up
Harry Connick Jr. is poised to segue from the judge’s panel on “American Idol” to a syndicated daytime variety show in fall 2016 as jockeying for prime daytime TV real estate begins to heat up.

The annual race to lock up time slots for new shows also raises the perform-or-perish stakes for incumbents. The biggest question mark at present surrounds NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira talker, which is a month into its second season.

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution is producing and distributing Connick’s show, “Harry,” which has been picked up by 17 Fox-owned stations in major markets. That sale will quiet speculation that “Harry” was waiting in the wings to replace “Meredith” on NBCU-owned stations. But “Meredith” is nonetheless on shaky ground barring a ratings uptick.

NBCUniversal has set “Late Show with David Letterman” alums Eric and Justin Stangel as exec producers of “Harry.” The show is billed as a mix of musical performance segments,
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'Yay! Cumberbabies!': Readers React to Benedict Cumberbatch's Engagement

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'Yay! Cumberbabies!': Readers React to Benedict Cumberbatch's Engagement
It's no mystery that the surprise engagement of Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch to Sophie Hunter on Wednesday would set tongues a-wagging - and some hearts a-breaking. The emotions expressed on social media were far-reaching, and here are just some of the better reactions to the news that Cumberbatch is now off the market? "There goes the Internet today," wrote Carrie in response to People's announcement of his engagement. "Congrats!" "And that's the sound of millions of teen hearts breaking," wrote THE_Jamie. Others, like Southern Gal, were already defending new turf: "Everyone take 3 steps back from Tom Hiddleston because
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'Yay! Cumberbabies!': Readers React to Benedict Cumberbatch's Engagement

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'Yay! Cumberbabies!': Readers React to Benedict Cumberbatch's Engagement
It's no mystery that the surprise engagement of Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch to Sophie Hunter on Wednesday would set tongues a-wagging - and some hearts a-breaking. The emotions expressed on social media were far-reaching, and here are just some of the better reactions to the news that Cumberbatch is now off the market? "There goes the Internet today," wrote Carrie in response to People's announcement of his engagement. "Congrats!" "And that's the sound of millions of teen hearts breaking," wrote THE_Jamie. Others, like Southern Gal, were already defending new turf: "Everyone take 3 steps back from Tom Hiddleston because
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Harry Connick Jr. Comedy Pilot Lands at Fox

Harry Connick Jr. Comedy Pilot Lands at Fox
Harry Connick Jr. is anything but Idol idle at Fox these days.

The network has given a put pilot committment to a new comedy starring the fetching crooner and newly appointed American Idol judge in which he’ll play a successful singer trying to build a closer relationship with his teenage daughter, Deadline reports.

Related | Fox Snags Damon Wayans Jr. Pilot Man/Child — With Modern Family and Wilfred Vets

The untitled project was written by Late Show vets Eric and Justin Stangel, and is being produced by David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants and ABC Studios.

While Connick is best known for his music chops,
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Harry Connick Jr.-Starring Comedy From Worldwide Pants & ABC Studios Gets Put Pilot Commitment At Fox

Exclusive: Fox is expanding its relationship with new American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr to the scripted side, handing a put pilot commitment to a multi-camera comedy starring the popular singer-actor. The untitled project, penned by veteran Late Show writers Eric Stangel & Justin Stangel, is a family comedy with a musical element starring Connick as a successful entertainer and single dad who takes time off to reconnect with his teenage daughter. David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, where the Stangel bothers are under a development deal, is producing with ABC Studios. Connick Jr, the Stangels and Worldwide Pants’ Letterman, Rob Burnett and Ann Marie Wilkins executive produce. This is the latest major commitment from an outside network for an ABC Studios comedy in the studio’s first season actively selling on the open marketplace. Both ABC’s new boss Patrick Moran and head of comedy Amy Hartwick came from 20th TV,
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‘Sharknado’ Takes Social Media By Storm

‘Sharknado’ Takes Social Media By Storm
It was raining sharks on Thursday night for TV’s intelligensia.

The Syfy telepic “Sharknado” caught fire in social media, particularly after it began unspooling on the East Coast at 10 p.m. Et. The hashtag-friendly title and utterly ridiculous premise — Los Angeles is ravaged by a tornado of sharks — made it an irresistible target for Twitter commentary for a host of prominent showrunners, producers, actors and industry execs.

On Thursday night, “Sharknado” was the top-trending term on Twitter for hours, and tweets with that hashtag were arriving at the rate of dozens per second during the East and West coast runs of the so-bad-it’s-good telepic starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid.

Given the explosion of second-screen interest in the pic, bizzers will be closely eyeing the ratings on Friday to see if it had more traction that the average fantastical Syfy made-for, and whether the West Coast airing saw
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California's Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: Hollywood Sounds Off

California's Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: Hollywood Sounds Off
“Breaking News! #Prop8 ruled unconstitutional!!! Hold on, Twitter is about to go Crazy!!!” Late Show with David Letterman head writer and producer, Justin Stangel, rightly predicted. On the heels of Tuesday’s decision by a federal appeals court, which found California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, unconstitutional, Hollywood took to their twitter accounts to express their reaction to the news. Photos: Democrats and Republicans' Favorite Movies Dustin Lance Black, the writer and filmmaker whose biographical film, Milk, helped stoke passionate debate on Prop 8. is a founding member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Afer sponsors the federal court

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Damon Lindelof Likes to be Lost

Damon Lindelof Likes to be Lost
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Damon Lindelof does not doubt the intelligence of his audience. His primary methodology for creation is collaboration. He believes in non-linear storytelling and the brains it takes to keep up. The 38-year-old writer expects questions from fans and often finds salvation in the unanswered ones, or so he explained to a full house Thursday night at the 92Y Tribeca.

Lindelof was in the city to participate in the New York Television Festival creative keynote conversation. For slightly more than an hour,
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Joaquin Phoenix Returns to The Late Show with David Letterman

Actor Joaquin Phoenix will revisit The Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday, Sept. 22 (11:35 Pm-12:37 Am, Et/Pt) on the CBS Television Network.

This will mark Phoenix's first television appearance and first visit back to The Late Show since his unforgettable visit to the show on Feb. 11, 2009, which subsequently garnered a whopping eight million views online at The Late Show website on CBS.com and YouTube.

In anticipation of his visit to the show on Sept. 22, The Late Show will rebroadcast his Feb. 11, 2009 appearance on Thursday, Sept. 16 on CBS. You can click on the video player below to watch his controversial performance:

Joaquin Phoenix on The Late Show With David Letterman

Phoenix is the subject of the documentary film, I'm Still Here, directed by actor Casey Affleck. The film, which also marks Affleck's directorial debut, follows a tumultuous year in the life of Phoenix as he announces his retirement
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Letterman Ups Stangel Brothers to Ep

Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel have been upped to exec producer rank on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” The Stangel brothers have been co-head writers on the CBS latenighter show since 2000, and they are the longest-serving head writers in “Late Show’s” 16-year history. The pair started on the Worldwide Pants production in 1997. The brothers join Worldwide Pants prexy Rob Burnett, Jude Brennan, Barbara Gaines, Maria Pope and Matt Roberts as “Late Show” exec producers.

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2009 Emmy Award Winners Announced

So the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night... did you tune in? I hear it was a good show even though a lot of the winners were pretty much a given. 30 Rock and Mad Men both took home the big awards, but the hardware was spread out a bit more among other shows than in previous years. At any rate, just in case you missed it, we've got the full list of major award winners right here for you to review. Do you agree with the majority of the choices? For those who did watch the show, what were some of your favourite moments? What did you think of Neil Patrick Harris as the host? Check out the list of winners after the jump. Comedy Series "Entourage" "Family Guy "Flight of the Conchords" "How I Met Your Mother" "The Office" Winner: "30 Rock" "Weeds" Drama Series "Big Love" "Breaking Bad
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