'The Meredith Vieira Show' sold in more than 60 percent of U.S.by jmaloni
New one-hour daytime show hosted by Meredith Vieira debuts on local broadcast stations fall 2014
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution has sold "The Meredith Vieira Show" in more than 60 percent of the U.S. for its debut in national broadcast syndication next fall (2014), it was announced today by Ed Swindler, president, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and NBC broadcast operations.
The new one-hour show starring award-winning TV personality Meredith Vieira, has been sold in the nation's top markets to station groups that include NBC-owned television stations (as previously announced), Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, LIN Media, Cordillera Communications, Gray Television, Post-Newsweek, Schurz Communications, London Broadcasting, Hubbard Broadcasting, Bonneville, Meredith Corp., Young Broadcasting, Raycom Media, Quincy, Cox Media Group and more.
"The response from our station partners has been tremendous and we are very pleased with the fantastic reception that we have received over the past few weeks for the upcoming 'The Meredith Vieira Show'," Swindler said. "Meredith has an ongoing genuine relationship with the daytime viewer, and her authentic, fun and down-to-earth style creates an instant connection with the daytime audience."
In her new daytime show, Vieira will blend her unique point of view, empathy and sense of humor with insightful storytelling to make viewers laugh, learn and feel inspired. Produced in New York City on a set that resembles her home, "The Meredith Vieira Show" is a one-hour, multi-segmented show that will offer a blend of daytime fun with a mix of feel-good human interest stories - from everyday people to celebrity guests who have an important story to tell, lifestyle segments and key topics that highlight Vieira's warm, relatable and distinctive personality.
"The Meredith Vieira Show" is produced and distributed in the U.S. by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution with Vieira also serving as an executive producer.
Vieira currently serves as a special correspondent for NBC News programming, including "Today" and "NBC Nightly News," and is producer and correspondent for "Meredith Vieira Specials," a series of prime-time hours. The 14-time Emmy Award winner has recently launched a YouTube Channel, "LIVES with Meredith Vieira," a premium digital channel exploring and championing real women of all ages.
Vieira is involved with several charitable organizations, including the New York chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which she is also on the board of directors. In addition, she is active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Alzheimer's Association, Children's Miracle Network, Clown Care (a program that coordinates hospital visits from specially trained clowns) and the Pajama Program (which provides warm pajamas and new books to children in need in the U.S. and around the world.)
A native of Providence, R.I., Vieira received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She has three children, Ben, Gabe and Lily, with her husband, best-selling author and journalist, Richard Cohen.