Bethenny Frankel Talk Show Hires Executive Producers
Terence Noonan and Meghan Schaefer Spielberg have been named executive producers of Bethenny Frankel's upcoming daytime talk show.
Noonan is a former producer on Dr. Oz who took over as executive producer of Anderson Cooper's syndicated show last year. And Schaefer Spielberg is a veteran of MSNBC where she produced Keith Olbermann's show and more recently was the senior executive producer of the network's dayside programming.
They join Ellen DeGeneres as executive producers of Bethenny, which has been cleared in 97 percent of the country and is set to bow this fall. Ellen DeGeneres Show executive producers Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner – who produced the six-week test run of Bethenny that aired last summer – will serve as consulting producers on the Telepictures program.
"We knew that we needed to bring in very talented and diverse producers for the launch of Bethenny into the daytime landscape this fall," Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin said in a statement announcing the hires. "Terence's in-depth daytime talk show experience combined with Meghan's vast experience in news and launching shows make a very strong management team."
"They both understand what women respond to in daytime and are on the pulse of what women are talking about. Their individual proven track records in telling stories in honest and relatable ways will complement Bethenny's natural ability as a talk show host," she said.
Frankel will join a daytime landscape that has already seen multiple new talkers this season flop. Survivor host Jeff Probst's low-rated show will not come back for a second season and Ricki Lake's return to daytime will be short lived. She too, will not be returning for a second season. Cooper's show, now called Anderson Live, is finishing its run after two seasons. But freshman talkers hosted by Steve Harvey and Katie Couric has made the cut for a second year.