The extension deal with the Lionsgate-owned company comes after the sixth season ranked as the only daytime talk show to grow nationally, leading its syndicated and network entertainment talk competitors in the local metered markets during May sweeps.
“This is one instance in which we don’t mind sounding like a broken record,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents Debmar-Mercury. “Thanks to Wendy, her terrific production team and our strong lineup of affiliates, we now have one of only a handful of talk shows that have not only survived, but thrived in daytime. Very rarely in our long careers have we seen a show perform like this — one that trends up sweep after sweep, routinely posts year-over-year growth and sees gains in almost every market, including on traditional affiliates and following newscasts, as ratings for most other shows sink. Incredible.”
Williams commented: “Who needs the summer off? I love what I do and am so excited to able to share in the amazing enthusiasm and energy of my audience at home and in the studio, including those who are home from school. This is a phenomenal experience, and I am so grateful to spend the summer with them, spilling all those juicy Hot Topics and sharing laughs.”
Hot Topics is Williams’ signature segment in which she delivers honest commentary on pop culture headlines.
“Wendy,” which is renewed through 2017, will continue to air live episodes through July 23.