We have the first major new syndicated program set for a fall 2017 launch. After a three-week test this past summer, Page Six TV, a daily gossip magazine, has been picked up by the Fox Television Stations for a national debut in fall 2017 in 17 markets, including New York and Los Angeles. The show is set for key access time periods and double runs across the Fox stations where it will join two other gossip-themed daily programs, TMZ and TMZ Live.
Fox TV Stations’ sister syndication company Twentieth Television will handle national distribution and barter sales for Page Six TV, from the New York Post and Endemol Shine North America. Modeled after the style of the Page Six newspaper column, the show will feature gossip and news from entertainment, culture, the media, finance, real estate and politics. This marks a collaboration between former corporate siblings Twentieth TV/Fox TV Stations and New York Post, now parts of the two standalone Rupert Murdoch media companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corp, respectively.
“Waiting for someone else to provide first run, day/date programming for us is a mistake,” said Frank Cicha, SVP of Programming for Fox Television Stations. “Several companies pulled together to execute the ‘Page Six TV’ test, and we saw enough in the finished product to give it a go.”
This is the latest strip to land a spot on the Fox stations after a successful summer test run, following Wendy Williams, TMZ Live and The Real. The preview was hosted by John Fugelsang (Sirius XM Radio/VH1) and the show’s contributors included Mario Cantone (The View), Bevy Smith (Bravo’s Fashion Queens), Variety’s Elizabeth Wagmeister and New York Post Page Six reporter Carlos Greer. Also featured were Page Six Editor Emily Smith and Deputy Editor Ian Mohr. Kay O’Connell (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and Matt Strauss (The View) served as executive producers, alongside New York Post CEO and Publisher Jesse Angelo and Endemol Shine North America’s Rob Smith and Michael Weinberg.