Jones To Star on Court TV With Own Daily Talker
By Anne Becker -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/7/2007 2:01:00 AM
Former View cast member and attorney Star Jones Reynolds will host a daily daytime live talk show on Court TV, the network has confirmed.
The show marks Jones' return to Court, where she started her TV career in 1991, and to series TV after having been booted from The View in June after nine years. Reynolds will become an executive editor at Court TV and will host an hour-long show providing her perspective and interviews on crime and justice stories from news and pop culture.
Jones' yet unnamed program, slated to premiere later this year, represents a departure for Turner-owned Court TV's daytime schedule, which for the last several years has focused almost entirely on trial coverage. The network was up 33% over last year in total-day viewing during February to an average 680,000 total viewers and 296,000 viewers 18-49.
Last summer Jones surprised her co-hosts and The View's producers by announcing her departure on air days before she had agreed she would. She left the show amidst disagreements with its co-owner/EP Barbara Walters. A former Brooklyn District Attorney, Jones began her TV career as a studio commentator for Court TV for the 1991 William Kennedy Smith rape trial.
After that, she went on become the legal correspondent for Today and NBC's Nightly News and later hosted a syndicated show, Jones & Jury. That led to her being named senior correspondent/chief legal analyst for Inside Edition and ultimately to her gig on The View, which lasted from 1997 through 2006.
“I am very excited to join the Court TV and Turner Broadcasting family,” said Reynolds in a statement. “My goal is to inform, empower, educate and entertain viewers. And Court TV is the perfect place to accomplish that mission.”
Court's Executive VP Marlene Dann announced Reynolds' new show. “Star Jones Reynolds is an extraordinary TV talent,” said Dann. “Her personality, experience as a successful prosecuting attorney and her ability as a talk show host make her a perfect choice for this new program. We are confident that her exceptional ability to both inform and entertain will make her a great addition to the Court TV family.”
Said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, added: “The public is fascinated by the intersection of the legal world and the pop-culture world, and we hope to tap into that fascination as part of our overall strategy to broaden the appeal of the network’s daytime line-up. Star Jones Reynolds provides an ideal blend of legal brilliance and pop-culture savvy to help us achieve that goal. We are proud to have her on board.”
Jones guest-hosted a week of House Hunters on HGTV in July that helped that show to some of its best ratings.
I AM NOT A BIG TV WATCHER AND ONLY SAW THE VIEW A FEW TIMES. I DID NOT LIKE STAR JONES ON THERE AND THOUGHT SHE WAS A VERY ALOOF AND ARROGANT WOMAN. SINCE I HAVE SEEN HER ON COURT TV I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND. SHE NOW ACTS TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN WHEN SHE WAS ON THE VIEW AND SHE COMES ACROSS AS A SINCERE AND HUMBLE PERSON. SHE MUST HAVE BEEN FULL OF STRESS TO LOOK AND ACT THAT WAY. THAT COULD ONLY BE THE ANSWER AS TO THE COMPLETE TURNAROUND, I THINK.
ROBERTA ROMER - 9/12/2007 3:04:00 PM EDT
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Sherri Kay Laster - 9/6/2007 9:04:00 AM EDT
Our present society love to hate, love to tear down, love to see the rich and famous fall from grace and be destroyed, our neighbors or co-workers prosper and want to decide who lives or dies in the public eye, while we love to hide behind message boards/blogs to say what we wouldn't dare say face to face in our own lives...cowardly, unhappy, unfulfilled people could be an explanation. Happy people don't really care and prefer to see a comeback story versus a tragedy.
We build only to relish the demolition when a person seemingly falters. I know misery loves company and we're not happy campers to say the least.
No need in saying anything about empathy or compassion because only the lord knows what has happened to some of us to make us so harden and mean-spirited. On a selfish note, think about your own life and just how much of a toll it takes one one's mind, body and soul to be so hateful, self-righteous and condemning, cancerous I believe!
antoinette Jenkins - 8/22/2007 2:28:00 PM EDT
Star go back to the flash. I miss the designer looking you, it helps add interest. Because you loose weight is no reason to look boreing. I love you and want to see you a lot on tv and a happy marrage.
Oh Chu - 8/21/2007 9:53:00 AM EDT
The only thing that was disapointing was Star would always talk about how how size did not bother her and she did not care what people thought, She must of cared or she would not have lost all that weight. And if anybody says thst being fat doe not bother them is a big fat lie.
Linda Smith - 8/18/2007 4:46:00 PM EDT
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