Looks like Jennifer Hudson may be adding daytime-talk show host to her resume. Deadline reported last week that the Academy Award winner is in the works with Warner Bros. Unscripted Television to have a syndicated talk show program and is currently being shopped around to the major station groups for a potential fall 2022 launch.
The untitled, tentative program is being seen as a ‘successor’ to the hit daytime television talk show ‘Ellen,’ hosted by Ellen DeGeneres which is in its final season. A pre-taped episode was presented at the ‘Ellen’ stage and if picked up, will be executive produced by ‘Ellen’ executive producers Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly.
It’s not uncommon for mega musicians to pivot to daytime television hosting a talk show. Many in the past have done so like Queen Latifah with most recently Kelly Clarkson with ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show,’ which is currently eyeing the soon-to-be-vacant timeslot the ‘Ellen’ show is currently holding.
According to Deadline, there are “high hopes” for Hudson’s talk show, even for it to air right after her fellow ‘American Idol’ alum, which could be a great lead-in.
If picked up, this won’t be the first time the Golden Globe recipient has hosted. She previously hosted ‘The Sweat Hotel,’ a syndicated R&B nighttime radio show hosted by Keith Sweat.
Hudson most recently appeared in the movie, ‘Respect,’ the Aretha Franklin biopic where she played the late singer and executive produced the film. The movie highlighted the ups and downs of the famed singer, chronicling family life, romance, and her grind to the top as one of the best musicians in the world. Hudson worked with Franklin on the project until her untimely death and was handpicked by the legend to play her.
She starred alongside Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Titus Burgess, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, and much more. The film was also supported by the soundtrack of the same name.
The 2x Grammy Award recipient also received a Daytime Emmy award in September for Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program for being an executive producer for Baba Yaga, a 27-minute interactive fairytale story made for Oculus Quest, a virtual reality headset.
The 40-year-old star will be joined by musician, producer and tech entrepreneur Will.i.am and singer-songwriter, producer, and musician Jamie Hartman to talk about their work on the film “Respect.” Along with Carole
King, Hartman, and Hudson co-wrote the film’s original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” with Will.i.am as the producer on the record.
Hans Zimmerman will also be honored at the summit recognizing his extraordinary accomplishments in 2021, which include composing “Dune” and “No Time to Die.”
Are we ready to see Hudson take over daytime television?