Jennifer Hudson plans to ‘shake things up’ with a new daytime talk show this fall

Jennifer Hudson is pictured in Beverly Hills on July 14, 2021. (Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

Two decades after her “American Idol” release, Grammy- and Oscar-winning Jennifer Hudson returns to television this fall to host “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” an hour-long syndicated talk show about Fox TV channels.

“I’ve been through so much in my life; I’ve seen the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and pretty much everything else, but like my mom always told me, ‘Once that you think you’ve seen it all, keep living,” the much-loved “American Idol” winner and “The Voice” coach said in a statement.

“People from all over the world have been part of my journey since the beginning – 20 years ago – and I’m so ready to join their journey as we sit down and talk about the things that inspire and move us all,” Hudson , 40, added.

“I’ve always loved people and can’t wait to connect on a deeper level and allow audiences to see the different sides of who I am, the human being, in return. And I couldn’t be more than excited to do it alongside this amazing team. We’re about to have a lot of fun and shake things up a bit!

It’s a big week for the star, who also won the highest honor of artist of the year at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards, which highlights the works of artists and writers of color. Hudson memorably stepped in to sing a tribute to late music titan Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammy Awards and was hand selected by soul queen Aretha Franklin to play her in last year’s “Respect” biopic after seeing Hudson’s Oscar-winning role in “Dreamgirls” in 2006.

The “lowest of lows” Hudson refers to in his initial statement likely includes the family tragedy. involving the murder of his mother, brother and nephew during a home invasion in 2008.

“The Jennifer Hudson Show” will be produced in Los Angeles by Warner Bros. Television and Telepictures.

Television films produced the outgoing “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and that show’s executive producers, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly, were the showrunners of Hudson’s test show, which she shot last fall on the DeGeneres stage, according to Variety. Warner Bros. purchased Hudson’s program from several station groups since, and Fox won the bid.

The show also reunites the powerhouse singer with Mike Darnell, the president of unscripted and alternative television at Warner Bros. Prior to that, Darnell oversaw the “American Idol” franchise at Fox when Hudson was a Season 3 runner-up in 2004 and launched his multi-hyphenate career. .

“I knew Jennifer was a force to be reckoned with from the moment I met her almost 20 years ago,” Darnell said in a statement. “The talent, big heart and authenticity shine through in everything she does. I am thrilled to work with her in this new role. She is a natural and I know audiences will welcome her into their home every day. “

They also seem to have a lot riding on Hudson. Acknowledging that the TV syndication industry is going through a sea change with the rise and dominance of streamers, Fox TV’s executive vice president of programming Frank Cicha described Hudson as a “power player” who will reinvigorate talk shows. -shows by creating a brand that stimulates audiences.

Hudson’s show will air through purchasing Fox TV stations and will also launch on Hearst Television, with other station groups representing more than 60% of the country, Warner Bros. said. TV.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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