Fox broadcast network has moved the date of Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly’s first primetime special to May 17 to provide lead-in power to the premiere of Mark Burnett’s new dating series Coupled at 9 PM.
And Kelly’s celebrity interview special, which had been set for May 23, has been given a name, Megyn Kelly Presents.
In one of those incredible coincidences, Coupled hails from Mark Burnett, who also is EP on The Celebrity Apprentice, which used to star Donald Trump, who’s running for president while feuding with Fox News’s Kelly, who earlier this week went to see him at his Trump Tower residence in hopes of convincing him to be one of her interviewees for her special, which will be Burnett’s lead-in. Phew!
Talking this week on her FNC primetime show The Kelly Files about her “clear the air” meeting with Trump, Kelly said “yours truly” hopes to have an announcement soon as to the lineup of subjects to be interviewed on the special. No names were parsed out in today’s announcement.
Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO of Fox News, is the Senior Executive Producer for Kelly’s specials, Fox broadcast network announced this morning. Bill Geddie is exec producing; he’s the guy who did all of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People specials.
Coupled debuts at 9 PM ET the night of MKP, hosted by Terrence “J” Jenkins and produced by Burnett. Fox says the show “gives the ladies first choice as they opt ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on each single man” who arrives at their bungalows on the island of Anguilla. As couples match up based on the always-reliable “instant chemistry,” they’ll jet off to another part of the island to put this “relationship” to the test. And, to keep it “real,” all of the players will be “armed,” Fox says (so romantic) with cell phones during their island courtships, allowing them to ask others for advice – or flirt with someone else. And, because ratings matter, viewers will get to see all texted conversations on screen.
The following week, on Tuesday, May 24, the Season 3 premiere of Hotel Hell airs at 8 PM, followed by an all-new episode of Coupled at 9. The new season of Hotel Hell — which was moved from its announced May 17 bow — features Gordon Ramsay traveling to Fort Pierce, FL; Island Park, ID; Harpers Ferry, WV; Southbridge, MA; Newton, PA; Chelan, WA; and Loudonville, OH, to get a firsthand look at struggling hotels in need of his help getting back on track.