'Survivor' host inks deal with CBS TV Distribution

“Survivor” host Jeff Probst is getting his own talkshow from CBS Television Distribution, set to start in fall 2012.

-Probst will shoot a pilot for the untitled program next month. He has hosted shows indoors before, having subbed on “Larry King Live” and “Live With Regis and Kelly.”

“There’s no one else in daytime TV like Jeff Probst,” said CTD prexy John Nogawski. “He is interested in finding the answers to the same questions our audience is asking, which makes him relatable to both women and men.”

In the post-Oprah era, daytime TV is attracting a diverse group of new entries, albeit individuals who have already proved themselves in other arenas of TV, including Katie Couric, Ricki Lake and Anderson Cooper. Probst could find himself going up against Couric, who left CBS for a deal at Disney-ABC Television Group that will put her own show in syndication around the same time.

Hourlong is said to be typical talkshow fare, ranging from interviews with people in the news to human-interest stories involving average Americans.

Probst is expected to continue with “Survivor,” which is going into its 23rd cycle, once his talkshow begins. Also an exec producer on his long-running unscripted series, Probst could conceivably handle both given the two cycles of “Survivor” that shoot each year are both produced over the summer, opening up the rest of the year for participating in anothe program.”I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level,” Probst said. “As I continue with ‘Survivor,’ I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime.”

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