Monday, June 27, 2011

Jeff Probst Headed for Daytime

Jeff Probst is headed to daytime television. That's right. Everyone with the obvious exception of new soap opera actors are headed to daytime. The longtime Survivor host and CBS Television Distribution are developing an hour-long talk show that will air in the fall of 2012. Which could inevitably spell out the "fall" of CBS' two remaining soap operas, The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful, which will undoubtedly have to be moved somewhere... and as of late, as we've all learned, "somewhere" usually spells out "cancellation".

CBS refused to comment on the status of the two remaining soaps, except for the usual rhetoric of denial. The unnamed new talk show will reportedly cover news-makers and ordinary people facing challenges. Probst, a regular fill-in host on Live with Regis and Kelly, will also continue to host Survivor, as he has for the past 22 seasons. "Anyone who has seen Jeff on 'Survivor' knows how he connects with people and has an instinct that makes him a natural and compelling host for daytime," CBS president of programming and development Aaron Meyerson said. "Whether it's a news-maker-of-the-day, a celebrity or ordinary folks, Jeff will go further than typical discussion."

Probst is the latest in what is beginning to resemble a new talk show host factory lined up by the networks in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s exit from daytime television. The New York Times reports the Emmy-winner will eventually be competing with Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric... and God only knows who else.

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