Tamron Hall is coming back to TV with a new daytime talk show.
The daily program is currently in development and untitled, but will include a mix of news, human interest stories, interviews with celebrities and newsmakers, and will be shot in front of a live studio audience.
Hall will host and executive produce the project with former NBC Domestic Television Distribution president Barry Wallach on board to assist. While the show is not yet attached to a network, a source tells TVNewser that discussions are currently active with multiple broadcast networks.
Additionally, The Weinstein Company and Hall will work together on developing other non-scripted programming.
Hall has been repped by WME since May, and agents Bradley Singer, Henry Reisch and Ari Emanuel repped her in the overall deal with Weinstein.
This will be Hall’s first return to TV since her controversial departure from NBC News after her contract expired back February. She took on a number of responsibilities during her time at NBC, and was best known for her work as co-host of Today’s 9 a.m. hour, anchor of MSNBC’s 11 a.m. hour (MSNBC Live With Tamron Hall), host of Dateline Extra on MSNBC, and occasional fill-in for Lester Holt as anchor for NBC Nightly News.
Hall’s departure, which transpired not long after it was announced that Megyn Kelly would be coming to NBC, was met with some backlash, particularly from the National Association of Black Journalists.
“NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting, but recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing,” the NABJ said in a statement.
NBC News president Noah Oppenheim talked to The Hollywood Reporter about her departure in the spring, saying:
I will also say that I very much hoped that Tamron would remain with NBC News. We made her an offer that I think reflected our strong desire that she be part of our family moving forward, that would have given her a very prominent and substantive role here at the network. We were obviously disappointed that she chose to pursue her future elsewhere, and we wish her only the best.