A new daytime talk show gets its official launch in syndication today, and one of the biggest names in daytime television has her fingerprints all over it.
“Bethenny” is largely the vision of host Bethenny Frankel, but “executive producer Ellen DeGeneres looms large over it,” reports TVNewsCheck.com.
DeGeneres “helped hatch the idea for the Telepictures show, serves as an executive producer and gave it a jump-start last summer when ‘Bethenny’ taped on the ‘Ellen’ set in Los Angeles for its six-week tryout on Fox TV Stations,” the story says. Warner Bros. distributes both shows.
But the show’s host wants to make it clear she’s not under the wing of DeGeneres.
“She’s doing her show and I’m doing mine," said Frankel. "She gave me a great opportunity and her team has been very supportive. But I am in the zone. I’m a big girl doing it on my own.”
Frankel added: “I feel even better about this now than I did with the summer test. I have my own people. I am involved in every single thing, down to the muffins in the dressing rooms."
Frankel exec produces the show along with DeGeneres, Terence Noonan, formerly of Sony Pictures Television’s “Dr. Oz,” and Meghan Schaefer Spielberg, formerly of MSNBC.
"Last summer’s test averaged a 0.9 rating, 6 share among women 25-54, up 80% from the time slot average a year earlier," the report notes. "That was good enough for Fox and enough other broadcasters to give the show blanket national coverage. The show was sold on a cash-plus-barter basis (4 national minutes, 11 local minutes)."