TV Tidbits: Meredith Vieira In Talks To Host Her Own Daytime Talk Show

Meredith_VieiraWho Wants To Host A Daytime Talk Show: Meredith Vieira recently opted not to renew her contract for syndicated quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire so she could “move on and do other things,” which may mean a new daytime talk show. According to the NY Times, Vieira is in talks with NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution about hosting a syndicated talk show for fall 2014. [Deadline]

Locklear’s Getting Legal: Heather Locklear is joining the TNT drama Franklin & Bash as a series regular for the show’s upcoming third season. She will play Rachel King, “a stunning trial lawyer, with stiletto heels and clothes tailored within an inch of their life.” King comes on board as a new partner at Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash’s (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) law firm, making life more interesting. [EW]

One Mother of a Guest Star: 90210 has cast Head of the Class actress Robin Givens in an upcoming episode as mother of two new recurring characters Elizabeth (Keke Palmer) and Jordan (Robbie Jones). Givens will play Cheryl, a sophisticated East Coast mother who is on the fast-track to political greatness. Cheryl is willing to go to great lengths to protect and preserve her pristine family image. Jones plays Jordan, an intelligent publisher who may be a potential new love interest for Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) in the second half of the season, while Palmer will play his sister Elizabeth. [E!]

Prez Pushes Proof Back: ABC announced on Thursday that Body of Proof‘s previously announced return (Tuesday, Feb. 12) has been pushed back for the State of the Union address. The abbreviated, rebooted third season will now resume on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. “We’re looking at every episode. Even though there’s a serialized component, we wanted to look at them as separate movies,” executive producer Christopher Murphy said of the rebooted format. “The stories are bigger, the stakes higher, it’s more thrilling, it’s more adventuresome.” In addition to those changes, Body of Proof also added new castmembers Mark Valley and Elyes Gabel. [THR]

Reality Show Singer Gets Signed: Cassadee Pope, the winner of the third season of The Voice, has officially signed with Republic Nashville. “I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family,” Pope says. “I am so passionate about my music and I couldn’t be more excited to have this amazing team to back me as I embark on this next chapter in my career.” [THR]

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