Former “Today” and “The View” host Meredith Vieira is going solo, developing a daytime talk show for NBC Universal.
The show will film a pilot episode with an eye toward launching in fall 2014, Deadline reports. She had been in talks with NBCU’s syndication division since she left “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in January.
Vieira has been a daytime TV regular for more than 15 years between her various jobs, so name recognition certainly wouldn’t be an issue in selling a talk show. Early indications are that she wants to do a light, entertainment-driven show a la Ellen DeGeneres.
Vieira left “Today” in 2011 in part to spend more time with her husband, who has multiple sclerosis. Hosting a pre-taped daytime show would mean a smaller time commitment than that of a live morning-news program.
What do you think? Would you watch Vieira as a daytime host?