A first-run syndicated show hosted by a protégé of Oprah Winfrey will not be renewed for next season, our good friend Paige Albiniak at B&C reports.
Says the exclusive report, " ‘After careful consideration, we have decided that ‘The Nate Berkus Show’ will not return for a third season in the fall,’ said Sony [Pictures Television] and Harpo [Studios} in a joint statement. ‘We are grateful for the hard work and heart that Nate, [executive producer] Corin Nelson and their entire team have poured into the show, and we’re very proud of what they’ve delivered.’ "
The story adds, "Berkus’ show never got off the ground, ratings-wise, leading to constant speculation about its future. That speculation continued this season, especially because the show’s launch group, NBC, was known to have signed a three-year deal with Sony for the show. But when NBC signed on for new talk shows to be hosted by Steve Harvey and Jeff Probst — distributed by NBC and CBS, respectively — industry observers did not expect Nate to make it to a third season due to a lack of time slots. The show also was expensive to produce."
The report notes, "Berkus, an interior designer by trade, was a regular on ‘Oprah,’ often gifting guests with elaborate remakes of their homes and giving design tips."