This past fall, Katie Couric managed to quickly find herself a ratings sensation with her “Katie” talk show, which was the most successful new series of its kind across all networks on TV. So in following up that success, could Meredith Vieira actually be joining her? Based on some of the talk coming out now, it is very much possible.
In news first reported by Us Weekly, Vieira is going to film a talk-show pilot for NBC Universal, with the new show potentially being a lighthearted, enjoyable slice of daytime that is similar in some ways to “Katie.” The pilot has not been picked up yet, but if it is, it would likely air across many NBC stations in the fall of 2014.
At the moment, there is a hole in the NBC schedule with the majority of stations currently broadcasting “Steve Harvey” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and the current time slot holder “The Jeff Probst Show” has already been canceled after failing to connect with any sort of dedicated audience. Vieira would probably be more successful than Probst in this venture, having done “The Today Show,” “The View,” and even the syndicated version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” for many years.
One of the reasons that Vieira wanted to leave “Today” after many years was so that she could have a little bit more time at home in the morning, and the great thing about this gig is that it does not mean her having to wake up crazy early in the morning anymore.
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