Telepictures Inks Mo’Nique Talker

Apr 12, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Telepictures is off to an early start in developing projects for the 2005 season, inking actress/comedienne Mo’Nique to a deal that could have her on the airwaves as a syndicated talk show host in the fall of that year.
The actress, whose full name is Mo’Nique Imes-Jackson, starred in UPN’s “The Parkers” and hosted “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” She also has three movies set for release in 2004, including “Beauty Shop,” “Soul Plane” and “Garfield: The Movie.” The actress recently substituted for Sharon Osbourne on Telepictures’ syndicated talk show “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” and she had a talk show deal with Big Ticket last year.
“She’s a polished performer who’s worked in front of audiences for a period of time while hosting `Showtime at the Apollo,”’ said Bill Carroll, VP of Katz Media. “Some of the most successful talk show hosts have a comic background, and I’m sure Telepictures is looking at the success Ellen DeGeneres has had in syndication. In addition, she has a reasonably high TVQ in terms of audience recognition and appeals to urban audiences. All of those things work in her favor.”
A Telepictures spokesman declined to comment, citing company policy against commenting on development activities.
Telepictures will launch a Larry Elder talk show this fall and is developing a Steve Harvey talk show for 2005. Other syndicated fare in the pipeline for 2005 include NBC Enterprises’ project with Isaac Mizrahi, who is set to shoot a pilot in New York that could air either midseason or in fall 2005. Tribune Entertainment has a revival of “Real People” in the works. Projects featuring Oprah Winfrey’s decorator Nate Berkus and a talk show featuring Dr. Phil McGraw’s wife or son have been speculated about.