‘Nate Berkus Show’ comes together

Exec producer, co-exec producer hired for daytime strip

“The Nate Berkus Show” is starting to take shape with the appointment of CBS News alum Zev Shalev and syndie vet Terry Murphy as stewards of the daytime syndie strip from Sony Pictures TV and Harpo Studios.

Shalev, a former exec producer of CBS’ ” The Early Show,” will serve as exec producer of the hourlong skein, set to bow in the fall, while Murphy will be co-exec producer. Series will originate from New York and be telecast in HD, Sony and Harpo said. The show will air in top markets on NBC O&Os (Daily Variety, Feb. 1).

Berkus is a decorator and interior design maven known for his many appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” As he transitions to fronting his own hour, Shalev said the focus would be on extending Berkus’ skill at explaining the fundamentals of design and style into other lifestyle, health and wellness issues. “Nate Berkus” will very deliberately mine some of the same themes of healthy living that Winfrey does on her top-rated yakker.

“Nate has such an intuitive sense of people,” Shalev told Daily Variety. “This show will be a natural extension of his talents into areas such as health, personal values and relationships. It’s about helping people build a better and life and to love the life they live.”

Shalev said he aims to break from the traditional talkshow mold by doing multiple segments each hour, offering a mix of in-studio and pre-taped material from Berkus. Shalev said Berkus’ biggest asset is his ease in interacting with people and his strong sense of humor.

“Nate just rises to the occasion when surrounded by a live audience,” Shalev said.Shalev left the helm of “Early Show” late last year after an 18-month tenure. He most recently launched the Internet venture NewsTsar, which aims to blend news coverage with social media. Before his time at CBS, he worked as senior exec for Canada’s CanWest Global, where he helped launch the Canuck rendition of “Entertainment Tonight,” among other news and entertainment programs.

Murphy has a long resume as a producer in first-run syndie and cable. Most recently she’s worked as a producer and exec producer on CNBC series including “The Business of Innovation” and “The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch.”

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