The Biz: Chris Hansen Preps New Syndicated Talk Show
Former NBC News correspondent and predator-catcher Chris Hansen could be back on TV soon with a new daily syndicated talk show with a true crime focus.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has shot a pilot with Hansen, according to sources familiar with the project. WBDTD had no comment, but sources tell TV Guide Magazine the show is still in development and no decision has been made about when it will be offered to TV stations.
Hansen was with NBC News for 20 years until last summer when his contract was not renewed. He emerged as a major TV news star in 2004 through his series of To Catch A Predator investigations that targeted men who sought out under-aged sex partners through the Internet. The controversial segments delivered big ratings for Dateline NBC and in repackaged versions for MSNBC.
True crime and legal issues may be the next hot genre in daytime syndication as recent high profile murder trials of Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman pushed cable news ratings higher. Deadline reported on Thursday that Debmar-Mercury and TV station group owner E.W. Scripps are partnering on a legal panel talk show that would feature Star Jones, an attorney and former co-host of The View.
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