The planned fall 2017 rollout of a high-profile TV talk show hit a hurdle and no longer is in contention for 2017. TVNewsCheck cites multiple sources saying plans to get a syndicated Drew Barrymore project from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution on the air next year have been scrapped.
That doesn’t mean the project is dead, however.
“Depending on conditions in the syndication marketplace, the concept of a Barrymore-hosted talk strip could be revived in time for a later debut such as fall 2018,” TVNewsCheck reports, citing the sources.
The big problem appears to be a shortage of time slots on major market stations, with Steve Harvey cited as one key obstacle.
“According to sources, WBDTD went out into the marketplace to float the idea of a Barrymore talk show in order to take advantage of time periods which might have opened up next fall if Harvey had decided to walk away from his syndicated talk show, titled ‘Steve Harvey’ and distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution,” the story reports.
WBDTD has not confirmed it’s working on a Drew Barrymore project and wasn’t commenting on its status. But the report cites sources saying the company made presentations to major station groups and Hearst Television was apparently on board.