With NATPE fast approaching, syndicators are firming up plans for next fall. Like Katie last season, Sony Pictures Television‘s freshman talk show The Queen Latifah Show had a two-year deal, so its renewal was considered a formality. It is now official, with the talker renewed by the CBS Station Group for a second season and cleared across 97% of the country through 2015. “We are proud to have the CBS stations as our partners as we continue to build The Queen Latifah Show into a franchise brand,” said John Weiser, SPT’s President, U.S. Distribution. The Queen Latifah Show, produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and SPT, has not been a breakout, and its ratings have been so-so, but it still ranks as this season’s #1 new talk show. It has improved its time period in New York where Queen Latifah delivered the best 9 AM time period rating in adults 25-54 on WCBS in 14 years this November.
Like Queen Latifah, syndicated late-night talk show Arsenio Hall is said to have a two-year deal. Awaiting their fate are freshman talkers Bethenny, whose fortunes have been improved by Katie‘s cancellation with possibilities in smaller markets that carried the Katie Couric talker; and Kris, which is not very hopeful to continue beyond its summer tryout run on the Fox stations. New shows locked in for next fall include NBCUniversal’s Meredith Vieira talker, Warner Bros. panel talk show The Real hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, and Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson.