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Harry is officially cleared for takeoff.
The new daytime show hosted by singer and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. has sold to Fox for a September 2016 syndication debut, NBC announced Tuesday.
Harry will air on Fox-owned TV stations in 17 markets. It is currently in the process of being sold to other leading station groups across the country for its national syndication premiere next fall. Justin and Eric Stangel (Late Show With David Letterman), Connick and Ann Marie Wilkins will serve as executive producers on Harry, which hails from NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.
“I’m a lucky guy. I get to be a husband to a wonderful wife, a father to three incredible daughters, and an entertainer to the most amazing fans. And now, I’m honored to be able to put smiles on people’s faces on a daily basis,” said Connick in a statement. “Working with the amazingly talented and hysterical Stangel Brothers is a dream come true. Harry will be an hour filled with fun, music and laughter. Fasten your seat belts — it’s gonna be one heck of a good time!”
Harry will offer a wide-ranging mix of live musical performances, man-on-the-street interviews, stunts, parodies and audience participation.
“We could not be more excited to partner with Harry Connick, Jr. on this multi-faceted entertainment show. We believe Harry will emerge as daytime TV’s most distinctive, talented, relatable, and consistently funny hosts,” said NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and NBC Broadcast Operations president Ed Swindler. “The Stangel Brothers’ distinguished writing and producing achievements are second to none. They will add an engaging, upbeat, and comedic energy to this multi-layered program.”
The daytime show comes right as Connick prepares to say goodbye to another TV gig — American Idol —goes off the air next year. His other TV credits include Will & Grace and Law & Order: SVU, among others. He is repped by CAA and Kenneth Weinrib.
Harry‘s debut comes at a time of turmoil for celebrity-led daytime talk shows. No new celebrity talkers premiered last month, and only one such show from the 2014-2015 season — Meredith — lived to see a second season.
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