KTXD/Channel 47 has canceled The Broadcast, its female-led talk show that bore some similarities to a DFW version of The View, the show’s executive producer confirms.
Stuart Boslow, the executive producer, sent out an email last week saying that KTXD management had just informed him that show had been canceled, effective immediately.
“As you know, this has been a labor of love for me,” Boslow wrote in his email, “having been with the project since its inception back in 2013. It pains me to no end that it's come to this, but alas, here we are.”
Boslow, who was also cut by KTXD and isn’t speaking as a representative of the station, says he is working to retain the rights to the show and to shop it around to other outlets.
The Broadcast was one of two marquee shows that KTXD launched in early 2013, the other being The Texas Daily, which featured a battery of familiar former DFW TV personalities such as Tracy Rowlett and Troy Dungan talking about the topics of the day.
The Broadcast also had a chatty format, along with a variety side, with former KTVT/Channel 11 morning anchor Lisa Pineiro as its most stable presence in its two-year on-air history. The most recent lineup of hosts was Pineiro, author Amy Kushnir, former VH1 Football Wives personality Dawn Neufeld and Meghan Jones, who also had a gig on KVIL/103.7 FM’ Zazza Mornings till that show was dropped in November. (Jones was also on the short-lived Fox show I Wanna Marry “Harry,” in which a group of women competed for the hand of someone they thought was Prince Harry of Wales — but wasn’t.)
In March 2014, KTXD canceled The Texas Daily, and in July, when original Broadcast co-host Courtney Kerr left the show, KTXD vice president and general manager Brian Joyce said that the station would cut The Broadcast’s format from two hours to one as part of a revamping of the schedule. Besides Kerr, other former co-hosts include broadcaster/author Suzie Humphreys, who was known for her long tenure working with DFW radio legend Ron Chapman.; and Pat Smith, wife of former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith.
KTXD has been in continual evolution since 2012, when it was acquired by London Broadcasting and aired programming from nostalgia-oriented network MeTV. The current schedule consists of a mix of religious, courtroom and some local shows, as well as sitcom reruns ranging from the classic (The Jeffersons) to the recent (Cougar Town, Community).
Station officials have yet to respond to an email question about The Broadcast, which remains on the station’s website as of 3:45 p.m. Monday.
Although The Broadcast always had meager ratings, it earned national attention on 2014 when Kushnir walked off the set during a discussion about openly gay NFL player Michael Sam, who was shown in TV coverage kissing his boyfriend shortly after being drafted by the AFC West team. You can watch that exchange (which includes Pineiro, Kerr and Humphreys) and a Fox News interview with Kushnir below.