Fox-owned TV stations will air a six-week preview of Twentieth Television’s “The Huckabee Show,” a daily talk show hosted by former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Twentieth Television President Greg Meidel and Fox Television Stations Senior VP of Programming Frank Cicha.
The show will be tested in seven local markets, including New York, Dallas and Boston, the companies announced. The test is scheduled to begin Monday, July 26.
“Gov. Huckabee is a dynamic figure with a loyal fan base, and we are thrilled to be working with him on this program,” Meidel said.
The hour-long talk show will address current issues and feature political and cultural figures.
Cicha added, “We’re always looking for topical programs helmed by distinctive personalities that can pair well with news. Gov. Huckabee has a good command of key issues of the day and will be a unique voice for daytime television.”
The program will be presented on the Fox-owned stations in the following markets (all times are local and subject to change): WNYW, New York (noon); KDFW, Dallas/Fort Worth (1 p.m.); WFXT, Boston (10 a.m.); WAGA, Atlanta (1 p.m.); WJBK, Detroit (noon); WTVT, Tampa (11 a.m.); and KMSP, Minneapolis/St. Paul (10 a.m.).
Added Huckabee, “Our goal is common sense and common ground in an uncommonly entertaining way.”
“The Huckabee Show” will be taped in New York in front of a live studio audience. Huckabee will continue to host his FNC weekend program, “Huckabee.”
Prior to becoming the 44th governor of Arkansas–a position that earned Huckabee recognition from Time magazine as one of the five best governors in America–Huckabee spent a significant part of his early adult life as a pastor and denominational leader.