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The Meredith Vieira Show will be anchored on the NBC-owned TV stations in New York, L.A. and eight other cities when it launches in national syndication in fall 2014.
The link was somewhat expected as the show is being produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution, but it never is automatic.
Meredith Vieira has a history with the Comcast-owned company. She was a longtime host of Today, in addition to having been host of the syndicated hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and her work on The View and 60 Minutes.
“With her genuine warmth, intelligence and likability, as well as her extraordinary ability to understand and connect with viewers, Meredith is a great addition to our daytime lineup,” said Valari Staab, president of NBC-Owned Television Stations.
Vieira’s show is being produced in New York City. It is described in the announcement as a “multisegmented, exciting hour that will blend the host’s unique point of view, empathy and sense of humor with insightful storytelling that will make viewers laugh, learn and feel inspired. Each day, the show will offer a unique blend of daytime fun with a mix of feel-good human-interest stories from everyday people to celebrity guests who have an important story to tell, lifestyle segments and key topics that highlight Vieira’s warm, relatable and distinctive personality.”
Added Sean O’Boyle, executive vp and general sales manager of NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution: “Meredith Vieira is a gifted broadcaster who already has a wonderful relationship with the daytime viewer. Her relatability, humility and generosity are all rare traits which make her so successful on television. We are very excited about taking The Meredith Vieira Show to the local marketplace, and with the NBC Owned Stations on board, we are off to a fantastic start.”
The one-hour talk show will air on the 10 NBC Owned Stations, which represent 27 percent of American TV homes: WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles, WMAQ Chicago, WCAU Philadelphia, KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth, KNTV San Francisco, WRC Washington, D.C., WTVJ Miami, KNSD San Diego and WVIT Hartford.
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