Twentieth eyes nat'l version of L.A. ayemer
A national version of “Good Day L.A.,” the morning show on Fox-owned KTTV Los Angeles, likely will be Twentieth Television’s next slow rollout project.
Fox personality Jillian Barberie, one of the stars of “Good Day L.A.,” has posted a notice on her Web site saying that a national version would start in December. A Twentieth spokeswoman declined to comment.
Since prexy-chief operating officer Bob Cook came aboard last November, Twentieth Television has been experimenting with regional tests on Fox-owned TV stations of shows it hopes to syndicate nationally. The most recent example is “Texas Justice,” a gaveler produced out of the company’s Houston station that airs now on all Fox O&Os as well as some other stations and will be launched nationwide in January.
The national version of “Good Day L.A.” has been in development at Twentieth for several months (Daily Variety, July 26).
Steve Edwards hosts “Good Day L.A.,” a chat-style newsshow airing Monday-Friday from 7-9 a.m. Edwards is joined by Barberie, who provides chat, weather and style reports; entertainment reporter Dorothy Lucey; and news anchors Tony McEwing and Jean Martirez. Rod Bernsen reports breaking news and traffic from the channel’s helicopter.
While Barberie is understood to be committed to the project, it is not known yet who else from the on-air team will join the national cast.
Barberie hosts FX’s “The Test,” production of which wrapped last week, and she does weather for “NFL on Fox.”
KTTV’s Lisa Kridos, a producer on “Good Day L.A.,” is expected to be part of the production team on the national show.
Title for the U.S. project is yet to be determined. According to Barberie’s Web site, the title “Good Day USA,” which had been under consideration, is already used by a radio station.