We’ve heard bits, pieces, and rumors of Queen Latifah landing a daytime talk show in the near future, but now the talk has finally been confirmed with news reporting Ms. Dana Owens’ talk show will definitely hit the airwaves next Fall. As Nelli Andreeva at Deadline.com tells it:
I’ve learned that, in a competitive situation, the daily syndicated talk show, executive produced by Latifah, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has gone to the CBS TV Stations in a premium deal that will have the strip on the 16 CBS Owned & Operated stations.
The Queen Latifah Show will feature celebrity interviews, human interest stories, comedy, pop culture and musical performances. It is expected to showcase Queen Latifah’s talents, blending comedy and music into her hosting duties.
Can you say yay?
Though Queen Latifah has shut down talk that she’s the next Oprah, that comparison likely won’t disappear anytime soon, especially if her talk show is a hit, and I have a feeling it might be. Queen Latifah is quickly becomming an entertainment favorite across the board, no matter the audience or whether she’s raping, singing, or acting. As Deadline notes:
The Queen Latifah Show is shaping up to be the highest-profile new daytime syndication entry next fall. It will likely be joined by Warner Bros’ Bethenny, which is slated for a 2013 nationwide launch on the Fox stations, probably in the fall, after a successful trial run last summer, likely in the fall. Elsewhere, CBS TV Distribution has been developing a talker hosted by Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis and executive produced by Shane Farley, said to be in the vein of Live With Regis & Kelly and air live. Twentieth Television is finalizing a deal with Kris Jenner to host her own daytime talk show, though that project is eying a summer tryout on the Fox stations in lieu of a traditional fall 2013 rollout. Of this fall’s freshman class, Katie has a two-year deal with the ABC stations, and Steve Harvey, which has exceeded expectations with a solid demo performance, will probably come back. Odds are long for Jeff Probst or Ricki Lake.
This is definitely a good look. Are you excited?