Faith Hill’s Kellie Pickler Daytime Talk Show Lands at CMT – The Hollywood Reporter

CMT is teaming up with two of country music’s biggest singers for their next series.

Viacom-owned cable network picked up Kellie Pickler’s next daytime talk show produced by Faith Hill, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Co-hosted by pickler and television personality Ben Aaron, pickler & Well will host celebrities, taste makers and experts and cover topics such as entertainment, home design and cooking. The show will be recorded in Nashville in front of a live studio audience in a modern farmhouse style setting.

CMT will rebroadcast the show daily starting Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET, one day after the daytime show officially debuts in 38 markets across the country. The extra push will help pickler & Well reach a national audience with CMT reach of 74 million households.

The acquisition also extends Pickler’s presence on CMTwhere she headlined the Ryan Produced by Seacrest reality series I love Kellie since 2015. The docu-comedy recently launched its third season on the network.

Hill executive produces pickler & Well with The Oprah Winfrey Show Lise veteran Espam and Hill’s manager Jason Owen in partnership with Scripps. Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution is handling the national distribution of the series.

“The combination of Faith as producer and Kellie as co-host makes pickler & Well a natural fit for CMT,” said CMT and Frank, General Manager of TV Land Tanki. “The reciprocal partnership with Scripps will allow the show to reach a national audience, while providing us with new country lifestyle programming for our fans.”

The Nashville-based series is in the works with Hill and pickler since 2015. “Nashville is so much more than country music or country music – it’s a very ambitious, very hip and cool city”, Espam Told THR in 2015.

She said she hoped it would help the series stand out from its New York and Los Angeles-based competitors. Coincidentally, reaching Central America has become a bigger priority for the networks in recent months following Donald Trump’s surprise election victory over Hillary Clinton. Since November, more and more networks have been looking to attract more red states (see: the upcoming onslaught of military shows and ABC Roseane the comeback).

“We spend so much time programming in New York and Los Angeles, and we forget that there’s this whole big world in between,” Espam said.

The launch of pickler & Well also comes after daytime TV struggled to launch a hit celebrity-based talk show in recent years. Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Queen Latifah and Meredith Vieira are just a few of the names that have seen their daytime entries come and go. However, Harry Connick Jr. just launched the second season of his daytime series, Harry.

The acquisition also comes against a backdrop of changes in the CMT. The cabler pushed further into original programming with Nashville as well as the drama Sun Records and comedy always the king. However, despite posting its ninth straight month of ratings growth in the Adult 18-49 demo, CMT has been hit by the larger restructuring underway among Viacom’s many cable properties. Network president Brian Philips left in June, followed by programming chief Jayson Dinsmore earlier this week. Tankiwho was promoted to general manager of TV Land, saw his duties expand again to include CMT.

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