The latest personality in line for a daytime talker from Fox’s syndication arm is Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian family. They plan to produce a six-week test of “Kris” for Fox O&O stations, reports The New York Times.
Twentieth Television said Monday at NATPE the one-hour show will be televised this summer by Fox-owned television stations in cities like New York and Los Angeles.
Summer tests have become Fox’s preferred way of trying out new talk shows. It ran “The Wendy Williams Show” for a few weeks in the summer of 2008; now it’s a staple of stations’ daytime lineups across the country.
The Fox-owned stations also tested a talk show by Bethenny Frankel last summer; that show, “Bethenny,” will have its premiere on a more permanent basis this fall, noted The Times.
“Wouldn’t be summer without at least one test, would it?,” Frank Cicha, the senior vice president for programming for the stations, said in a statement. “In all seriousness, we go into this believing that if it works, the Kris Jenner program could really complement what we’ve got going with Wendy, Bethenny, etc.”
Jenner is best known for her role on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” the hit reality show on the E! channel. She is an executive producer as well as a star of that show. She’s also an executive producer of all the “Kardashian” spinoffs on E!. She will be a producer of “Kris,” as well.