Reynolds to launch Court TV talker in fall

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In an apparent shift in its daytime programming mandate, Court TV on Wednesday confirmed that it has tapped Star Jones Reynolds to host a daily, one-hour talk show.

Reynolds, who in 1991 began her television career as a Court TV legal commentator, was rumored to have been in talks with the network ever since having been unceremoniously dumped by ABC's The View in July 2006.

The talk show, which has not been given an official name, will debut later this year.

From 9 a.m. to 5 pm., Court devotes its programming hours to trial coverage and analysis, with shows like Banfield & Ford: Courtside and Nancy Grace Live. Only the 5 p.m. Catherine Cryer Live appears to share any DNA with the new Reynolds talker.

Although Reynolds is perhaps best known for her nine-year stint on The View, her legal bona fides are solid. She moved to TV after putting in three years with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, making her bones on Court with her insights into the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She later became a legal correspondent for NBC's Today Show and the NBC Nightly News, before accepting a post as senior correspondent/chief legal analyst for the syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition.

Reynolds moved to The View in 1997.

Since Turner completed its acquisition of Court TV in May 2006, the company has a put significant amount of muscle in growing the channel's ratings. Last month, Court saw its total-day ratings rise 33% versus February 2006, while its share of adults 18-49 jumped 32%.

"The public is fascinated by the intersection of the legal world and the pop-culture world, and we hope to tap into that fascination as part of our overall strategy to broaden the appeal of the network's daytime line-up," said Said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. "Star Jones Reynolds provides an ideal blend of legal brilliance and pop-culture savvy to help us achieve that goal."

Reynolds also assumes the title of executive editor, Court TV.
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