Queen Latifah partners with Will Smith for daytime talk show

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It looks like Steve Harvey is not the only person going after the coveted daytime talk arena since Oprah Winfrey has left. Word has it that Queen Latifah has set up a new daytime talk show and has partnered with Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment company and plans on launching her own talk show! Here is the article from Deadline: With a slew of daytime syndicated talk show projects jockeying for a fall 2012 berth, a big one is entering the fray for fall 2013. Queen Latifah is set to host a new daytime talk show that Flavor Unit, her company with Shakim Compere, will co-produce with Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Compere and Overbrook's Miguel Melendez, who were instrumental in getting the project together, will serve as executive producers with Queen Latifah and Overbrook's Lassiter, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Queen Latifah and Smith have a lot in common - both started in hip-hop before segueing into acting and then producing and both have earned Oscar nominations. In fact, Latifah's first role was an arc on NBC's The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, which starred Smith, also in his first acting gig. movie Set It Off. "We are excited to join forces with Latifah and as well as Sony Pictures TV on this new venture," Melendez said. "This forum is the perfect place to showcase Latifah's tremendous range of talents and unique ability to connect and inspire people." Sony TV's relationship with Pinkett Smith and Overbrook stems from their recent collaboration on the TNT series Hawthorne, which starred Pinkett Smith and was produced by Sony and Overbrook. Additionally, Overbrook has had a long relationship with Sony on the film side, most recently producing together the hit Karate Kid remake. Queen Latifah first hosted a syndicated daytime talk show a decade ago: The Telepictures-produced Queen Latifah Show launched in 1999 and ran for two seasons.
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