Royalty is about to descend on daytime television. No, Katie Couric didn't snag that sit-down with Kate Middleton she's been angling for. I'm talking about HRH Queen Latifah, whose fall 2013 daytime talk show offering from Sony Pictures Television has reportedly sold in 90 percent of the country!
If you’re looking forward to Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias as much as we are, you’ll want to tune into The View on October 4 when Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard drop by the ABC chatfest.
Check out a sneak peek of Steel Magnolias, and find out what other stars will be popping up on The View, after the jump! READ MORE
Get ready for another season of drama, romance and comedy with featuring those Georgia peaches. No, not the ones from Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta! VH1 has given the okay for a third season of ratings darling Single Ladies. In a released statement, EVP of original programming and production's Jeff Olde stated:
Our viewers’ love affair with ‘Single Ladies’ got even bigger this year, growing significantly from its successful first season and dominating its timeslot on basic cable. We’re extremely happy that we’ll be able to give the audience another great season of the series and its honest, current take on love, dating and female friendship.
Lifetime has just released a preview of its upcoming, all-black remake of Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias. Queen Latifah serves as executive producer and stars as M'Lynn Eatenton (played by Sally Field in the 1989 adaptation), a Southern belle, whose fiery side is displayed when her strong-willed daughter, Shelby, faces a health crisis.
Condola Rashad plays Shelby, M'Lynn's diabetes-stricken daughter, a part made famous by Julia Roberts on the big screen. Rashad's mother, Phylicia, takes on the role of saucy, glam diva Clairee (Olympia Dukakis in the original film). Alfre Woodard inherits Shirley MacLaine's grouchy Ouiser. Singer/actress Jill Scott steps into Dolly Parton's shoes as hairdresser with a heart of gold, Truvy and Pariah's Adepero Oduye plays the innocent and insecure Annell, previously played by Daryl Hannah. Check out a sneak peek below!
We may have lost Oprah and next fall we'll find out what impact Katie Couric will have, but in 2013 daytime's getting a new Queen. According to Deadline, Queen Latifah will host a daytime talk show produced by her company Flavor Unit, with Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. According to the site,
Sony could’ve fast-tracked the talk show for a fall 2012 launch but opted to give it time to develop the way the studio did with The Dr. Oz Show, which has been the No. 1 syndicated daytime talk show in women 25-54 for the past three weeks. Sony TV does not have a contender for fall 2012 as the studio has been very selective with daytime projects, taking its time to find one that it feels it can throw its full support behind.
Rosie O'Donnell honored Queen Latifah at this year's Rosie's Broadway Extravaganza, a benefit for Rosie's Broadway Kids at the Double Tree Hotel in New York City. Featuring performances by Shoshana Bean, Nikki Blonsky, Melinda Doolittle, Montego Glover and Norm Lewis, the benefit brought out stars such as daytime favorite Linda Dano, comedian Judy Gold and Chita Rivera. See more photos from the event after the jump.