In a move to dramatically boost its already impressive daytime star power, Shaw Media announced that two new talk shows will be joining Global’s fall 2012 lineup.
The Jeff Probst Show and The Ricki Lake Show are both set to premiere this September, and will be respectively hosted by Survivor’s multiple Emmy Award winner, and the effervescent film and television actress.
“For over a decade, Jeff has been holding centre court at Tribal Council and he’s still as engaging as ever. Jeff’s charisma and ability to connect with others is why audiences fell in love with him on Survivor and why they’ll follow him to daytime,” commented Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “Equally impressive, we have the incomparable Ricki Lake back in the talk show genre. Although Ricki has grown up in the Hollywood spotlight, she has always maintained herself as a relatable celebrity figure. This fall, Ricki returns with a whole new set of life experiences and true to form, she is eager to share them with her audience.”
The Jeff Probst Show is a one-hour talk show that will cover topics ranging from relationships and family dynamics to newsmakers of the day, families and individuals facing challenges. Probst has hosted all the editions of Global’s reality hit Survivor since its inception 11 years ago, and is currently an Executive Producer. Probst was a regular fill-in for Regis Philbin on Live With Regis and Kelly, and a regular guest host for Larry King on Larry King Live. Probst will also executive produce his new daytime series.
The Ricki Lake Show brings a familiar, welcoming face back to television. Ricki is someone who seems to have done it all – starred in classic movies like Hairspray, appeared in classic TV shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and China Beach, and of course hosted her own talk show. This time, Ricki will cover topics that interest the modern day woman, this is a new Ricki – reflecting where she and her audience are now in their lives. Ricki is not an expert. She’s not a doctor, therapist or a super homemaker – she’s a working mom trying to figure life out, and inviting her audience along for the ride.
Global’s dates and times for The Jeff Probst Show and The Ricki Lake Show will be confirmed in the coming weeks.