FOX picks up Harry Connick Jr talk show “Harry”
NBCUniversa has sold the new first-run entertainment show “Harry” to the FOX Television Stations. The new show, hosted by Harry Connick, Jr., will debut in September 2016 in national syndication; it was announced today by Ed Swindler, President, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and NBC Broadcast Operations.
“Harry” will be hosted by multi-award winning musician, singer, composer, actor and legendary live performer Harry Connick, Jr. and will air on the Fox owned TV stations in 17 markets.
The new series is currently being sold to other leading station groups across the country for its debut in national syndication next fall. Justin and Eric Stangel, both former Head Writers and Executive Producers of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” will serve as Executive Producers for “Harry.”
“I’m a lucky guy. I get to be a husband to a wonderful wife, a father to three incredible daughters, and an entertainer to the most amazing fans. And now, I’m honored to be able to put smiles on people’s faces on a daily basis,” said Harry Connick, Jr. “Working with the amazingly talented and hysterical Stangel Brothers is a dream come true. ‘Harry’ will be an hour filled with fun, music and laughter. Fasten your seat belts – it’s gonna be one heck of a good time!”
“We could not be more excited to partner with Harry Connick, Jr. on this multi-faceted entertainment show. We believe Harry will emerge as daytime TV’s most distinctive, talented, relatable, and consistently funny hosts,” said Swindler. “The Stangel Brothers’ distinguished writing and producing achievements are second to none. They will add an engaging, upbeat, and comedic energy to this multi-layered program.”
Frank Cicha, SVP of Programming for FOX Television Stations added, “We really look forward to Harry Connick, Jr.’s next hit. In looking at the competition, we felt this was the right time for us to add a program like this to our mix.”
The show “Harry” will offer the best of Harry Connick, Jr.’s career skills, spanning music, film, television, and Broadway. His goal is to bring the party back to daytime by delivering entertainment and laughter through a variety of segments–from comedic man-on-the-street interviews, live musical performances and parodies, to hilarious stunts and audience participation and surprises. “Harry” is a unique variety program for the new millennium aimed at entertaining the modern daytime audience. The Stangel Brothers are Executive Producers along with Harry Connick, Jr. and Ann Marie Wilkins. “Harry” is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.