In May, Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced plans to launch a new syndicated talk show featuring actress and model Tyra Banks for consideration for Fall 2015. Today, the syndication arm of the Disney-ABC Television Group announced that the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, representing 23% of the nation’s television households with 6 of the top 10 markets, have agreed to carry the show on their stations. Currently titled “The F.A.B.,” which stands for “Fun and Beautiful,” Banks will be joined by social media buff and foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley as the hosts of the upcoming lifestyle show. Banks serves as moderator of the talker. The ABC Owned stations markets include New York (WABC-TV), Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh/Durham (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV).
“I am absolutely thrilled that we have sold our new Tyra Banks moderated lifestyle show to our stellar group of ABC Owned television stations,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “They are strong stations with outstanding leadership and are the ideal fit for our fresh lifestyle show with Tyra and her engaging panel of co-hosts.”
“Tyra and her panel of lifestyle experts share a chemistry that is energetic and extremely entertaining,” said Rebecca Campbell, president, ABC Owned Station Group. “We are excited to collaborate with our partners at Disney-ABC and air ‘THE F•A•B’ on our stations beginning next fall.”
“At 40, Tyra has never been more relevant than she is today and her massive and growing digital footprint exemplifies her connection with women of all ages,” said Lisa Hackner, executive vice president, Daytime & Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Group. “Tyra has curated a fresh and authentic panel of co-hosts that is diverse in expertise, digitally connected and also share a magical chemistry. Having the support of these formidable stations is a testament to the show and the perfect timing of this program.”
“THE F.A.B.” hosts will welcome celebrities, Internet influencers, experts and everyday people to share their knowledge and join in the party. From fashion and beauty to food and design to doing it yourself and even starting a business, the show will not only entertain, but also motivate the audience to make their lives more fun and beautiful.
The talk show will broadcast from Los Angeles and Tyra Banks will serve as executive producer. It will be produced by Disney-ABC’s Summerdale Productions and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.