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Will Vieira Have Better Luck in Daytime Than Lake, Probst, Osmond and Cooper?

Ms. Vieira Follows Fellow 'Today' Alum Katie Couric to Daytime Talk

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Meredith Vieira is following the example set by fellow "Today" alum Katie Couric and starting a syndicated daytime talk show set to arrive in fall 2014.

Meredith Vieira
Meredith Vieira Credit: Wikimedia Commons

"The Meredith Vieira Show" will be produced and distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution and taped in New York on a set that resembles Ms. Vieira's own home, the company said Tuesday.

Ms. Vieira, host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" for more than a decade and co-host of "The View" from 1997 to 2006, stepped down as host of NBC's "Today" in January 2011. Her warm, lengthy on-air sendoff foreshadowed how sharply her absence would be felt -- and made the forced exit of her successor, Ann Curry, look mean by comparison.

Now the question is whether Ms. Vieira can again make magic in daytime, which was become an increasingly contested battlefield, and this time do it from scratch. Several household names have tried their luck with talk shows recently but only proved the difficulty of the terrain. Anderson Cooper's show was canceled after its second season, while shows from Ricki Lake, Marie Osmond and Jeff Probst didn't make it out of their first seasons.

Ms. Couric's show "Katie" averaged 2.3 million viewers in its first season, making it the highest-rated among the new daytime shows last season and earning it renewal for another season. But it has had its fair share of turmoil as well. Rumors circulated last month that Ms. Couric could follow Jeff Zucker, who previously served as executive producer of "Katie," over to CNN, where he now serves as president.

There's also a new crop of talkers popping up, including a show from Kris Jenner, mom of Kim Kardashian, which will premiere next week and is distributed by Fox. Queen Latifah and Bethenny Frankel will also get their own shows this fall.

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