Title: The Jeff Probst Show
Host: Jeff Probst
Executive producers: Amy Coleman, Jeff Probst.
Distributed by: CBS Television Distribution
Format: One-hour daytime talk show.
Broadcast Information: The Jeff Probst Show is broadcast in syndication. Check your local listings for dates and times.
Taped at: Sunset/Bronson Studios, Los Angeles, Calif.
Premiere Date: September 4, 2012
In a fall TV season filled with heavy hitting talk shows and talk show hosts - Katie Couric, Steve Harvey and Rikki Lake to name a few - it's a wonder why a reality TV show host would want to dive into the daytime talk show market. But Jeff Probst, best known as the host of CBS's long-running Survivor reality series, is doing just that.
Probst's show debuts in September and promises - well, more of the same. "We're going to be discussing the things that are important to all of us, like relationships and family, and I'll be talking with some pretty amazing guests with compelling stories that you won't want to miss," Probst writes on the show's official website.
The formula, as described, could present a challenge for Probst, as there are many new shows touting a very similar theme. So Probst will have to set himself apart fairly quickly to gain and maintain momentum and viewers.
Probst's secret weapon?
But Probst is carrying a secret weapon: executive producer Amy Coleman.
Coleman's previous credits include a little show called The Oprah Winfrey Show which was only viewed by everybody in the known universe. Coleman spent 16 years at Oprah, eventually working her way up to producer and supervising producer. She led the charge on hundreds of Oprah episodes, including Winfrey's historic interview with Nelson Mandela, among others, and she no doubt intends to bring that insight and passion to Probst's program.
Part of that insight is manifest in Probst's studio, an open affair that evokes a bit of those famous Survivor earth tones. Rather than in tiered studio setting, audience members sit in what look more like pods of seats. The pods provide space for Probst to move about and engage the audience when appropriate, and certainly showcase a studio design we haven't seen in quite some time.
Audience members also have access to the show's "Party Room," a area where audience members can sit in a massage chair, get a mini-makeover, chat with show experts have a snack and engage with friends in person or online via social media.
Joining the daytime crowd
Though he's best known as host of Survivor, Probst has acted as host of a number of television programs before the reality show's fall 2000 premiere. In 1994, he was host of Backchat, a program that answered viewer questions about the then new network. He hosted a similar show for the network, called Sound fX, before joining VH1 as host of Rock & Roll Jeopardy! in 1998. That was followed by the NBC TV special Dave Barlia: Extreme Stuntman.
So what made Probst turn to talk TV?
Possibly his successful stint as a regular guest host on Live with Kelly. During his run as guest host, Probst has sat across from Kelly Ripa nearly 20 times. His appearances are marked by his warm humor, calm demeanor and intriguing questions. For a time, he was rumored to be in the running to replace Philbin after his retirement.
Instead, Probst will take on daytime alone. The question is, of course, will he be a survivor?