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Vieira looks to connect with viewers on new show

July 14, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Meredith Vieira is looking to connect.

“Authenticity,” she said, “is the key word” for what she hopes to bring to her new daytime talk show, “The Meredith Vieira Show,” which premieres in syndication in the U.S. Sept. 8.

Speaking of the daytime audience, she said, “They want real, and they want to connect with somebody. They feel a connective tissue (with daytime personalities) that I don’t think you find other times of the day.”

Speaking to reporters on Monday at the summer TV critics’ gathering, Vieira said she’ll tape at NBC headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, also home to such programs as “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” ″Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Saturday Night Live.” She said she’d welcome drop-ins from any stars from those shows who might be roaming the halls.

The 60-year-old Vieira presides over her own daytime talk show after accumulating a varied resume including “60 Minutes,” the “Today” show, “The View” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

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