Oprah Winfrey is gone from daytime TV, but the scramble to fill the void she’s leaving is starting to feel like the last big giveaway she’ll ever do.
CBS Television Distribution announced Monday (June 27) that it’s developing a daytime show with Probst for fall 2012. Couric’s ABC show is also set to launch then, while Cooper hits the daytime air this fall and Frankel’s project is at the pilot stage.
“I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level,” Probst says. “As I continue with ‘Survivor,’ I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime.”
Probst’s show is aiming for the talk-show sweet spot of celebrities, newsmakers and interesting everyday folks and will also “encourage action, change and discovery,” says Aaron Meyerson, head of programming and development for CTD.
Probst has won the Emmy for best reality host every year since it was introduced in 2008. He’s also a frequent guest host on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and for a time was rumored to be a possible replacement for Regis Philbin when he retires.