*BET Networks is going after the millennial crowd with a new daily talk show hosted by actress-singer Keke Palmer. At age 20, she will become the youngest talk show host in TV history.
“The Keke Palmer Project” (working title), which has been picked up for an initial four-week run, will air weekdays beginning in July and feature such topics as fashion, pop culture, social issues, celebrity interviews, “on the street” bits and undercover segments, reports Deadline.com. It stems from Palmer’s interaction with fans on social media.
“I like to read quotes that touch on how I am feeling,” she said. “If I am dealing with confusion, I will read quotes about clarity and peace of mind. I started posting these quotes on my Twitter page, and the fans responded so positively! I realized that many of them were dealing with similar issues, and the quotes helped to open up a genuine dialogue between us.”
Judge Greg Mathis, whose long-time syndicated court show “Judge Mathis” is produced by Telepictures, is executive producing after being instrumental in bringing together Palmer and the Warner Bros TV syndication division.
“The Keke Palmer Project” will join two syndicated daily talk shows that have a network window there, veteran “The Wendy Williams Show” and recently picked-up “The Queen Latifah Show.” Additionally, BET recently announced the acquisition of Telepictures’ upcoming syndicated panel talk show “The Real,” which is set to debut this fall.
Palmer burst onto the scene at age 12 when she played the title role in the 2006 movie “Akeelah And The Bee.” She went on to topline her own series, Nickelodeon comedy “True Jackson, VP.” She next stars in the Drew Barrymore-produced horror film “Animal,” has a six-episode arc on Showtime’s “Masters Of Sex,” and co-stars in the Latifah–produced “Brotherly Love” and in the indie “Imperial Dreams,” which premiered at Sundance.