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‘Danza’ Signs New EPs for Season 2

Sep 5, 2005  •  Post A Comment

David Perler and Jill Blackstone are taking over executive producer duties for the second season of Buena Vista’s syndicated “The Tony Danza Show” as the daytime talk strip works to capitalize on its live status and expand the variety of its segments.

Mr. Perler will oversee celebrity and comedy segments while Ms. Blackwell will spearhead human-interest features and topical pieces. They replace former executive producer John Redmann, who left “Danza” at the beginning of the summer and signed on to Warner Bros.’ debuting talk strip “The Tyra Banks Show” in August.

This season “Danza,” which is the only new strip from last season that is returning, will emphasize the fact the show is shot and aired live from New York, Mr. Perler said.

“There is a huge advantage in being able to play off what’s happening in the world and being timely and fresh,” Mr. Perler said. “It’s more unpredictable, and you can keep people guessing a bit. We will let Tony have the freedom of who he is.”

That freedom will include more interaction for Mr. Danza with the show’s local surroundings on the Upper West Side of New York and ordinary New Yorkers, Mr. Perler said.

“We are still going to be celebrity-friendly,” he said, “but we may have a few less celebrities to accommodate more things, do more taped pieces, having Tony interacting with real people.”

The changes for next season will not involve a new co-host, Mr. Perler and Ms. Blackstone said. Previously, the show announced that Ereka Vetrini, the former “Apprentice” contestant who served as co-host last season, will not return.

“Danza” will also have special series and yearlong commitments, including a family fitness challenge with fitness guru Jorge Cruise, Ms. Blackstone said.

“They will get into a fitness program we design for them,” she said, noting that the show will follow a set number of families as they attempt to get more healthy over the course of the season.