There will be a new face in daytime talk, joining a talk show world dominated by women. That face belongs to singer/actor Harry Connick Jr.
“Harry” will air at 2 p.m. weekdays on FOX26 starting Sept. 12. It is one of several syndicated shows being added by local television stations to fill out their daily schedule.
Connick doesn’t offer a lot of details about the new show except to say it will not look like other shows on the air.
“It’s going to be different every day. One thing I will tell you is I’m not going to come out every day and sing a song with the band. We’re doing 180 shows a year. I don’t think anybody’s that good,” Connick says. “After about three weeks, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God. He’s gonna sing another song.’”
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Be he will sing a lot and play a lot of music.
Listening to Connick talk about the show makes it sound like “Harry” will be the jazz version of talk shows. The main themes will be the same, but he’s leaving a lot of room to improvise.
One place he won’t be saddled is in the interview process. Most talk shows feature a pre-interview with the guests done by a producer. Notes are given to the host so they know some talking points. Connick’s approach will be no pre-interview. He believes it is his responsibility to know enough about the guest to be able to carry on a conversation.
Why does Connick want to tackle a TV project that could keep him busy for years?
“Well, I love to entertain, and I’ve done so many different things throughout my career that have fulfilled me so much, from being on tour, making records, being on sitcoms, being on Broadway. I felt that this would be an opportunity for me to do all of the things that I really love to do sort of under one roof,” Connick says. “ I get to play music. I get to entertain. I get to meet incredible people, both celebrities and everyday folks who are absolutely amazing. I also get to experience the entertainment business in a new way.
I’ve always liked to try to do new things.
Harry Connick Jr.
Connick has done a variety of different kinds of entertainment, but he connects the closest with the new talk show. That’s because he’s not playing a character. He calls the talk show a dream job.
Here’s a look other syndicated programs being added to local TV stations. KSEE24 (KSEE, Channel 24.1) and CBS47 (KGPE, Channel 47.1) did not provide information:
KMPH, Chanel 26: The other new programs for the local FOX station will air on weekends. They include: “Xploration Weird But True,” 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 3; “Xploration DIY SCI,” 9 a.m. , Saturdays, Sept., 3; and “Xploration Nature Knows Best,” 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 3.
KFSN, Channel 30: The local ABC station added one new daytime show with “Right This Minute.” The series, which features viral videos, will air 2:30 p.m. weekdays starting Sept. 12.
The only other change is “Dr. Oz” will move from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. starting Sept. 12.
KAIL, Channel 54: The weekday additions include the entertainment news program “Access Hollywood Live” at 9 a.m. starting Sept. 5, and the courtroom show “Judge Alex” at 2 and 2:30 p.m. starting Sept. 12.
Additions to the weekend include “American Ninja Warrior” at 10 p.m. Saturdays beginning Oct. 1 and “The X-Files” at 3 and 4 p.m. Sundays starting Oct. 2.
KFRE, Chanel 59: Eight new shows are being added to the lineup.
Additions to the weekday schedule include: “Pawn Stars,” 4 and 5 p.m., Sept. 12; “Corrupt Crime,” 2:30 a.m., Sept. 5; “Security Brief,” 3 a.m. Sept. 12; and “Last Man Standing,” 11 p.m., Sept. 19, plus 6 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 25.
New on the weekends are: “Military Makeover,” 1 p.m. Saturdays, Sept.24; “What Went Down,” midnight Saturday, Sept. 10; “Wild America,” 5 a.m. Sundays; and “Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” 8 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 1.