Sony studio, Queen Latifah, Will Smith — and Jada Pinkett Smith — think the new Oprah is Queen Latifah.
Sony announced Monday it is getting together with Latifah and Will Smith — and Jada Pinkett Smith — to produce a new syndicated daytime talk show that would star the rapper turned actress.
The show would not launch until the fall of 2013, in order to allow time for the thinning of the herd of would-be-New-Oprah’s — a herd that currently includes Anderson Cooper, Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey, Bethenny Frankel, and even Jeff Probst. Some of those daytime programs, including Katie’s, won’t be ready to launch until fall of ’12.
Latifah and Will Smith — and Jada Pinkett Smith — will exec produce the new talker, Sony said in its announcement — a complicated macedoine of names of companies owned by Latifah and Smith — and Jada Pinket Smith, and names of suits working at those companies who have also laid claim to exec-producer credit on the new show.
Latifah already had one at-bat hosting a talk show. But that one — The Queen Latifah Show,” produced with Warner Bros’ Telepictures — didn’t take, lasting just two seasons.
Sony noted in Monday’s news it has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Will Smith — and Jada Pinkett Smith. Sony recently worked with them on the TNT series “Hawthorne,” which starred — Jada Pinkett Smith. And, Sony produced with them the “Karate Kid” remake, starring Jaden Smith, son of guess who?