MSNBC, ‘Anderson Live’ Vets Tapped As EPs Of ‘Bethenny’

By Alex Weprin 

“Bethenny,” an upcoming talk show starring former “Real Housewives of New York” star Bethenny Frankel, is adding a veteran TV news producer and a former EP of “Anderson Live,” Telepictures has announced.

MSNBC senior EP of dayside programming Meghan Schaefer Spielberg is joining “Bethenny” as an EP, as is Terence Noonan, who served in that same capacity for “Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show “Anderson Live,” which will not be returning in the Fall.

Schaefer Spielberg has been with MSNBC for 17 years, and was there when the network launched back in 1996. During that time she served as EP for “Ashleigh Banfield On Location” and “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” among other programs. Noonan was a producer for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” among others.

As “Katie,” “Anderson Live” and now “Bethenny” clearly show, there is life after TV news, particularly during the day and in syndication.



NEW YORK, New York (March 4, 2013) – Emmy® Award-winning producer Terence Noonan and one of the founding producers of MSNBC, Meghan Schaefer Spielberg, have been named Executive Producers of“Bethenny,” alongside Bethenny Frankel and Ellen DeGeneres. The new one-hour daily talk show hosted by Bethenny Frankel is set to launch this fall. The announcement was made today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures.

Emmy® Award-winning producers, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner, Executive Producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” will serve as Consulting Executive Producers of the show, after having served as Executive Producers of the successful six-week test of “Bethenny” this past summer.

“We knew that we needed to bring in very talented and diverse producers for the launch of ‘Bethenny’ into the daytime landscape this fall. Terence’s in-depth daytime talk show experience combined with Meghan’s vast experience in news and launching shows make a very strong management team,” said Estey McLoughlin. “They both understand what women respond to in daytime and are on the pulse of what women are talking about.  Their individual proven track records in telling stories in honest and relatable ways will complement Bethenny’s natural ability as a talk show host.”

Estey McLoughlin added, “We are indebted to Mary, Ed and Andy and are very excited about how successful the ‘Bethenny’ test was last summer. The test gives us a great foundation and proven format and a big head start on other new show launches. We look forward to their input as Consulting Executive Producers on the production.”

“I am very excited to work with Terence and Meghan. They have passion and knowledge about who and I am and what my vision is for this show. Terence’s high energy, drive, and passionate personality combined with Meghan’s experience dealing with real, honest, emotional and significant news issues will create a show that has incredible range,” said Frankel.  “I cannot wait to join forces with these two talents and capture a real conversation that is lacking in daytime television right now.”

“During my career, I have been fortunate to work with some of the most talented daytime talk show hosts, including Anderson Cooper, Dr. Oz and Rosie O’Donnell.  I am really excited to now work with Bethenny, whose real and unfiltered style will certainly be a breakout hit next season,” said Noonan.

“My 17 years at MSNBC have given me the opportunity to work with some amazing talent and produce incredible stories and events. I am very excited to bring that news experience and story telling ability to ‘Bethenny’ and cross over into the daytime landscape,” said Schaefer Spielberg.

Terence Noonan is currently an Executive Producer of Telepictures’ “Anderson Live,” the nationally syndicated Emmy®-nominated, daily one-hour live daytime talk show, hosted by Anderson Cooper. Noonan is also the Creator and Executive Producer of “DC Cupcakes” and “A Slice of Brooklyn.” Prior to this, Noonan was Supervising Producer at “The Dr. Oz Show.” Noonan also served as a Co-Executive Producer on “The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet,” as well as Senior Producer on “Life and Style.” Noonan was a Producer on “The Rosie O’Donnelll Show” and on “The Montel Williams Show.” Noonan, who is also the author of “Starring You!,” graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.

Schaefer Spielberg most recently served as the Senior Executive Producer of MSNBC’s daytime programming, helping to manage the day-to-day production of the cable network and overseeing the daytime booking department.  Prior to this position, she was an original member of the team that launched MSNBC in 1996.   She then went on to become the Executive Producer of “Ashleigh Banfield On Location,” where she received a National Headliner Award for her work. In addition, Schaefer Spielberg was the Executive Producer for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Abrams Report.” Schaefer Spielberg graduated from Catholic University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

“Bethenny,” a new daytime talk program, hosted by Bethenny Frankel, launches nationwide in Fall 2013 and is cleared in over 97% of the country as of January 2013, following a successful six-week summer test on select FOX-owned stations. Bethenny brings her real, unfiltered perspective to the topics that women care about most; love and relationships, celebrities and pop culture, beauty and fitness, as well as her own relatable personal and professional life experiences. Originating from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City, “Bethenny” is produced by Telepictures and A Very Good Production, Ellen DeGeneres’production company.