NBC Broadcasting today announced plans for a new syndicated daytime talk show, to be hosted by a fixture of daytime television. "The Meredith Vieira Show" is being readied for a fall 2014 premiere, with the focus on the longtime "Today," "NBC Nightly News" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" personality.
Vieira will be an executive producer on the show, which will be produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution.
Making the announcement was NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert.
Said Harbert: "All of us at NBCU are so excited about this new show with Meredith. She creates an instant connection with audiences with her smart, quick-witted and down-to-earth style. This entertaining and substantive show will be a great way to reach her loyal daytime fans as well as new ones who will discover why Meredith is one of America’s most loved television personalities."
The announcement adds: "Taped on a set that resembles her home (complete with her actual furniture and family photos), ‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ is a multi-segmented, 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 an exceptional mix of daytime fun along with 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."
Vieira offered this comment: “As a journalist on ‘Today’ and ’60 Minutes,’ I learned how to really listen to people and help give them a voice. On ‘The View,’ I unleashed my own opinionated self and discovered the empowerment that comes with sometimes heated, but always respectful, discussion. And on ‘Millionaire,’ I relished the joy of changing people’s lives while having pure fun. All of these experiences, along with being a wife and mom, have led me here because they all share one common denominator … this fundamental need we have to connect with and find inspiration in each other.”