DeGeneres to host talker


Warner Bros. has signed Ellen DeGeneres to host a new talk/variety strip for
first-run syndication starting in the fall of 2003.

However, the distributor noted that her availability is subject to CBS' final
decision about the future of prime time sitcom The Ellen Show,
although observers are betting that it won't return.

The new first-run show would highlight DeGeneres' stand-up comedy background
and her "everywoman approach to life's everyday situations," Warner Bros. said.
It would be produced in Los Angeles, and it is designed for all dayparts, the
company said.

"This is advertiser-friendly, quality content with a big star that stations
are looking for and viewers love," said Dick Robertson, president of Warner
Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, which would syndicate the show.