Lorne Michaels to Develop Daytime Talk Show

The man who revolutionized late night television is trying his hand at daytime.

Lorne Michaels, creator of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" franchise, has signed a deal to develop a daily talk show slated to debut in fall 2002, NBC said Wednesday.

The one-hour show will be produced by Michaels' production company, Broadway Video, in New York and will be distributed by NBC Enterprises Domestic Syndication. It will run in the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period.

Ed Wilson, president of NBC Enterprises, praised Michaels' skills in "identifying talent and developing programming."

"We look forward to developing a daily talk show for the early fringe time periods across the country with this proven team," he said.

Michaels, who also is executive producer for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," is best known for the late-night comedy show "Saturday Night Live," which celebrated its 25th anniversary last season.

Over its lifetime, SNL has showcased up-and-coming young comedians, and has launched the careers of such actors John Belushi, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey and Adam Sandler.

Source: Reuters

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