After its six-affiliate summer test run on Fox, Bethenny Frankel’s talk show Bethenny will premiere nationally at the start of 2013, EW has confirmed. Produced by Ellen DeGeneres’s A Very Good Production and Telepictures Productions, Bethenny will almost triple its presence as it airs on 17 affiliates in major markets that now include Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, D.C., and Austin, among others.
“This summer’s test proves Bethenny has a distinctive unique appeal that woman flock to,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, which sold the show to Fox. “We always believed that Bethenny had the talent, popularity and credibility with daytime viewers to become appointment television and are thrilled to be bringing her to the rest of the country.” Added Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Telepictures’ President, “Bethenny was born to do this. … She has rabid fans who can’t get enough of her.”