EXCLUSIVE: Another piece of the syndicated talk show puzzle has fallen into place heading into NATPE, with the Fox TV Stations opting not to pick up the talk show hosted by Kris Jenner for next season but leaving the door open for 2015. Kris, produced by sibling Twentieth Television, had a six-week trial run on several key Fox stations this past summer. “Kris will not be on the schedule for the 2014 syndication season,” Stephen Brown, EVP Programming & Development, Fox Television Stations, said in a statement to Deadline. “However, the possibility for the talk show, or an additional project for Kris Jenner, for the 2015 season is being discussed and highly considered.”
Kris didn’t quite make a splash with its six-week run, coming out about even (0.8 in HH metered markets) with last year’s time period and with its lead-in. It had a strong finish, with the finale featuring Jenner’s son-in-law-to-be Kanye West debuting the first photo of his daughter with Kim Kardashian North West, notching a series-high 1.7 household rating. Additionally, I hear there is a lot of good will towards Jenner across Fox, including both at Twentieth TV and Fox TV Stations as executives had been impressed by her professionalism, work ethics and personality.
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Kris was one of two syndicated talk shows that had been waiting to hear from Fox TV Stations on their future. Warner Bros’ Bethenny is still very much on the bubble with so-so ratings, though there have been indications that the station group is encouraged by the show’s performance in the younger demographics. Among other rookies, Sony’s The Queen Latifah Show, which had a two-year pickup from the get-go, was officially renewed, with late-night talker Arsenio Hall, which is in the same situation, expected to get the formal green light soon. Sophomore Katie called it a day and will end its run in May.