Suze Orman, host of her own CNBC show and author of four consecutive best-selling books, is in serious negotiations with Twentieth Television for an upcoming syndicated show, according to sources.
Details remained sketchy at press time on the content of the proposed series, though insiders said if the deal goes through and the show is picked up, the series could debut as early as fall 2005.
A Twentieth Television spokesman declined to comment.
Ms. Orman is no stranger to the camera. She serves as the personal finance editor on CNBC and has hosted “The Suze Orman Show” on CNBC since 2002. In 2003 she received an American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Allen Award for “The Suze Orman Show” in the national/network/syndication talk show category.
Her four consecutive New York Times best sellers are “The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life: Keep What You Have and Create What You Deserve”; “The Road to Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Money-Everything You Need to Know in Good and Bad Times”; “The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance”; and “The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying.”
Her national best sellers are “Suze Orman’s Financial Guidebook: Put the 9 Steps to Work” and “You’ve Earned It, Don’t Lose It: Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make When You Retire.”
Ms. Orman has served as a contributing editor to O, The Oprah Magazine and appears regularly on QVC as host of her own “Financial Freedom” hour.
Twentieth Television, meanwhile, will move forward with the national launch of “Ambush Makeover” this fall and continue the slow rollout of “Design Invasion,” which launches Sept. 13. The studio recently canceled “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest.”
If Ms. Orman’s project moves forward, it potentially could compete against an Isaac Mizrahi project at NBC Universal, a Vera Wang project at Buena Vista, a Mo’Nique project at Telepictures, “Real People” at Tribune and another threatened “The Oprah Winfrey Show” spinoff likely featuring designer Nate Berkus.
Other celebrities who have been feeling out the syndication landscape include Brooke Shields, Vanessa Williams and Michael Bolton.