Jennifer Hudson’s talk show sets producers and premiere date


As if Jennifer Hudson’s week couldn’t get any better, the new EGOT is about to add another title to her resume: talk show host.

Hudson’s upcoming show, titled “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” has been licensed to over 95% of the country and is now officially heading to national syndication this fall. The series will debut on September 12 on Fox Television Channels as the main station group.

Hudson’s show comes from Warner Bros., the same studio that was behind “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which just shut down after 19 years on the air. Many of DeGeneres’ top producers move on to Hudson’s show. Her show will also be recorded from the same studio where “Ellen” was shot on Warner. Lots of brothers.

Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Corey Palent — all executive producers of “Ellen” who had been with the show since its 2003 debut — will serve as showrunners on “The Jennifer Hudson Show.”

Prior to launch, Connelly and Lassner signed global deals with Warner Bros. Unscripted Television to develop, create and produce other unscripted series for the studio.

Hudson will also serve as an executive producer on her show. Besides Connelly, Lassner and Palent, the other executive producers are Lisa Kasteler Calio, Graehme Morphy and Walter Williams III, along with co-executive producer Shani Black.

“I’ve worked with Mary, Andy and Corey on several shows over the past nine years, and I’m thrilled we can keep them in the family because they truly are the best in the business,” said Mike Darnell. , chairman of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. “With Jennifer’s incredible talents and the addition of Lisa, Graehme, Walter and Shani to the production team, I know this show is going to be fantastic and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

Darnell first met Hudson when she was a contestant on “American Idol,” the show that launched her to superstardom. At the time, Darnell was the head of reality TV programming at Fox and oversaw the network’s singing competition show.

Speaking recently with Variety, Darnell explained why he knew Hudson would make a great talk show host. “I knew who she was, and she’s still a down-to-earth, genuine, easy-going Chicago native and funny as hell,” Darnell said. “I knew we could translate that into a talk show.”

The executive also gave the superstar rave reviews for his hosting chops. “We did the pilot and I have to tell you she was awesome,” Darnell said. “I haven’t experienced this since I’ve been here.”

“The Jennifer Hudson Show” hails from Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The series will air on Fox TV stations, Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, TEGNA, Nexstar Media Group, Scripps Media, Gray Media Group and others.

Courtesy of Warner Bros.


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