Sony Pictures Television issued what it called a “categorical denial” of a report that claims “The Queen Latifah Show” is getting bumped out of its time slot on New York City’s WCBS-TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The producer was responding to a report in the New York Post that Queen Latifah’s ratings-challenged show might not return this fall, or that it could lose its 9 a.m. time slot.
Sony said Queen Latifah has a contract that guarantees a second season on CBS stations, with her show also guaranteed the same time slots.
“Every element of the show will be elevated for the second season, giving Queen Latifah an even broader platform to showcase her many talents,” a Sony representative said.
Still, the show might not last beyond its second season if ratings don’t pick up, the story adds. A decision will probably be made this fall. A new talk show starring actor Jerry O’Connell is in development at CBS TV Distribution and could target the same female-focused audience, the piece adds.
“The show, which will have co-hosts and guest stars, is taping at least three test shows Tuesday and Wednesday at Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles,” THR notes. “If the tests go well and the slots open up, O’Connell would be perfectly positioned in a CBS-produced show to be featured on the CBS-owned stations starting in September 2015.”
O’Connell is known for movies including “Stand by Me” and “Scream 2,” along with the TV series “Sliders,” “Crossing Jordan” and CBS’s short-lived “The Defenders.”