He’s been courted for years to host a daytime talk show — and after testing the waters, T.D. Jakes will finally make it happen.
Through a deal with Tegna Media, the pastor will host a syndicated series targeted for a fall 2016 debut, reports Variety. Tegna Media, an arm of station group Tegna (formerly known as Gannett Broadcasting), will distribute the show and carry it in more than 20 top markets, including Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas and Denver.
The show had a test run in several Tegna markets that was successful enough for the company to chance a national rollout.
“With Jakes at the helm, this program has an opportunity to attract blue-chip advertisers, generate large audiences and empower viewers across the country,” said Dave Lougee, president of Tegna Media. “During the show’s test run this summer, Jakes’ audience grew each week in every market. Once viewers found him, they liked him and we look forward to introducing him to a wider audience next fall.”
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