Monday, May 11, 2009

Bonnie Hunt gets new exec producer

Bonnie Hunt's talk show is coming back for a second season, and will have a new executive producer: Daniel Kellison, who held the same job on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and also served as producer, writer and co-creator of Comedy Central's "The Man Show" and of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." (Tip courtesy of Aaron Barnhart, source: The Hollywood Reporter.)

Despite some early doomsaying about Bonnie's ratings, the show's viewership has increased by 25% since its September 2008 premiere. Of course, her numbers pale in comparison to the titans of daytime talk, Oprah and Dr. Phil, so presumably Kellison will try to juice 'em a bit.

Talk Show News is a big fan of Kellison, who is also partner in Jackhole Productions with Kimmel and Adam Carolla. He is a nice guy. Four years ago, he e-mailed us to ask us to add Carolla's short-lived Comedy Central show, "Too Late with Adam Carolla," to our lineups page. (Hey, we watched every single episode. But it was eventually replaced by a show that proved to be just a tad bit more successful: "The Colbert Report.") He sent us a "Man Show" T-shirt and autographed Carolla photo, thereby ensuring our continued loyalty. Best of luck and long may "Bonnie" run!

P.S. Check out Adam Carolla's podcast!