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Jane began her NBC career when she joined WMAQ-TV in Chicago. At that time, she was the first woman to co-anchor a weeknight evening newscast in Chicago. She went on to co-host the "Today" show and "Dateline NBC." She also anchored the Sunday edition of "NBC Nightly News" from January 1980 until April 1982. She hosted "Real Life with Jane Pauley" in 1991, and the MSNBC retrospective program "Time & Again," from July 1996-2001. Jane wrapped her 11th season as co-anchor of "Dateline NBC" in May 2003, ending her run with a 2003 primetime special, "Jane Pauley: Signing Off." The special attracted more than 10 million viewers, including "Dateline's" biggest audience since Pauley's exclusive interview with Madonna. Jane has made her mark on the American media landscape as a reporter of class, integrity, and humor. As soon as Jane appeared on the "Today" show at age 25, viewers fell in love with the Indiana native who focused on storytelling rather than celebrity and who became a successful TV journalist by remaining true to herself. Now, as host of THE JANE PAULEY SHOW, the 53-year-old legendary broadcaster will draw on her experiences as a wife and mother as well as her TV background to bring a new voice to daytime talk. This exciting venue will give Jane an opportunity to express her opinions and explore the next phase of her life with women of her demographic.
"I look forward to a long-running conversation with women who share many of the same issues I do and who have some life experience," says Jane of her new daytime TV audience. "These are women whom I'm interested in. I want to know what they want to do next. The stories I like tend to be about some kind of transformation or an experience in which someone had to grow or learn something new."
'Pauley' Pulled Over Low Ratings
"The Jane Pauley Show" will call it a wrap next month.
NBC Universal Television Distribution confirmed Friday (March 11) that the first-run daytime talk show hosted by the former "Today" and "Dateline NBC" anchor will end production by the middle of April, though original episodes will run through early September.
"Jane Pauley" was last year's most high-profile talk show debut as NBC Uni sought to develop a talk show franchise that would serve as the late-afternoon bridge between entertainment fare and local news on its owned-and-operated (O&O) outlets, much as "The Oprah Winfrey Show" does for the ABC O&O station group.
NBC Uni had secured two-year clearance commitments from many stations when the show initially was offered to stations nearly two years ago.
"Jane Pauley" launched with mediocre ratings and was never able to build momentum with daytime viewers. In a statement, NBC Uni TV Distribution said it is "proud of the quality work Jane, the producers and the entire team at 'The Jane Pauley Show' have put forward this season."
Pauley said in a statement that she was grateful for the commitment demonstrated by her staff and proud of the work they'd done during the past eight months. "Jane Pauley" debuted in late August on the heels of NBC's Summer Olympics coverage.
"I remain deeply grateful to NBC for the chance of a lifetime," Pauley said in the statement. "I absolutely loved it."
'The Jane Pauley Show' Hits Best-Ever Rating
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's "The Jane Pauley Show," delivered its best ratings of the season in households and total viewers during the week of December 20, 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research data.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's "The Jerry Springer Show," "Maury" and "Blind Date" also hit season highs in households and total viewership during the most recent week.
"The Jane Pauley Show" had its best ever household ratings (1.7) up 21% from the previous week with series best total viewership ratings, averaging 2.1 million viewers per telecast. 'Pauley' also tied its series best ratings with Women 18-49 (0.8) up 33% from last week.
"Maury" delivered season-high ratings (3.2HH) up 10% over the same week last year with a season best average of 4.5 million viewers per show. "Maury" also hit season best ratings with Women 18-49 (2.2) and tied season-high ratings with Women 18-34 (2.4) and Women 25-54 (2.0.)
"Blind Date" showed its highest total viewership of the season with an average 1.9 million viewers per show, hit season best ratings in households (1.4) up 8% over the previous week and tied season high ratings with Women 18-49 (0.9) and Women 25-54 (0.8.)
"The Jerry Springer Show" averaged a season best 3.1 million viewers per telecast, matching its season high ratings among households (2.3), Women 18-49 (1.2) and Women 25-54 (1.2.)
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s current first-run syndicated programming includes “Access Hollywood,” “Starting Over,” “The Jane Pauley Show,” “The Chris Matthews Show,” “Home Delivery,” “Blind Date,” “The Jerry Springer Show,” “Maury,” “The George Michael Sports Machine,” “Rebecca’s Garden,” “Your Total Health,” “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo” and the off-network syndication sales of NBC’s “Fear Factor,” “Providence,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Boomtown” and “Ed.” NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution also distributes the first-run specials “The Remarkable Journey” and “Good Housekeeping Reports” inserts.
Frisby To Appear On The Jane Pauley Show
South Carolina freshman wide receiver Tim Frisby will appear on The Jane Pauley Show today, January 3. The show can be seen locally in Columbia at 5 p.m. on WLTX.
The theme of the show is second chances, and the show will feature multiple stories from people from different walks of life. Frisby is the lone representative from the world of sports.
Frisby's story has been well-documented this year, as he walked on to the Gamecock football team and competed at the age of 39. The 20-year Army veteran and father of six, Frisby earned the Keith Jackson Award for Excellence and the Walt Disney World of Sports Spirit Award for his perseverance.
Following is the Jane Pauley Show's description of what will be aired:
What happens when dreams don't come true the first time? When fate gets in the way? Sometimes, we're given a second chance. Whether the catalyst was luck, sheer personal determination, or the efforts of a loved one, today we hear touching stories from people who were given a second chance to experience life events that were missed the first time around!
After 20 years of duty with the U.S. Army, Tim decided to pursue his dream of playing college football. And now, as a 39-year old walk-on for the University of South Carolina - where he is affectionately called "Pops" by his teammates - Tim is living his dream!
Jane Pauley goes ''Hollywood''
Jane Pauley is the subject of an "E! True Hollywood Story" that airs on the cable station at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 11, 2004.
E! programming is known for inserting exclamation points into the lives it chronicles. Exclamation points are easy to add when profiling someone like Courtney Love. But Jane Pauley? Our Jane Pauley?
The Warren Central High/Indiana University grad made it big in journalism as co-anchor of the "Today Show" and later hosted NBC's "Dateline." She's been married to cartoonist Garry Trudeau for years and together they've raised three normal kids.
One of the few exclamation points in her life showed up in Pauley's book, "Skywriting: A Life out of the Blue." She told of how medication she took for a case of the hives resulted in debilitating bipolar episodes.
Producer Christopher Hines said they profiled Pauley because of her pioneering work in television and her position in the world of popular culture.
Local film producer Bud Osborne videotaped interviews with Pauley's old friends and co-workers, including WISH (Channel 8) anchor Mike Ahern and the station's former news director, Lee Giles. He also talked to Indianapolis Monthly articles editor Liz Joss, who profiled Pauley in the magazine's August issue.
The hour-long documentary also will air at 8 a.m. Sunday and at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the E! Web site. There's even a chance to take an online quiz about Pauley.
Jane Pauley Show VS. Oprah
In the local battle between upstart talk show host Jane Pauley and Oprah, Pauley is officially toast. Just a few days into the November ratings sweeps period, NBC affiliate KXAN abruptly pulled Pauley's new talk show from the 4pm slot and replaced it with a half-hour newscast and the syndicated show Access Hollywood. "We all had great hopes that Jane Pauley would be a good addition for 4pm, but it hasn't turned out as such," says KXAN general manager Carlos Fernandez. It was decided to give the newsroom "first crack" at fighting the Oprah monster, Fernandez says; newsroom staffers weren't officially informed about the new newscast until a week before it went on the air. Pauley's show was banished to an 11am slot, facing Dharma and Greg reruns and soap operas for the morning audience that may remember her fondly from her days on Today.
The Jane Pauley Show
Steeped in a rich history of talk and entertainment, engaging drama and exciting debuts, New York’s Studio 8G is a fitting venue for Jane’s foray into daytime talk.
With an emphasis on creative storytelling, “The Jane Pauley Show” will take a smart and entertaining daily look at the topics – large and small - facing women all over America. Each episode of “The Jane Pauley Show” will offer new information, fresh inspiration and a chance to smile. Taped before a studio audience, “The Jane Pauley Show” will take an in-depth look at one topic each day and welcome a range of guests to its studio. With all of her guests, Pauley will seek to create an environment in which everyone is transformed during the hour.
“On the show, we will do things that help others. We will have fun. We will be down-to-earth, and we will have guests that help us move forward in our lives,” says Pauley. “I like to tell people’s stories in new and interesting ways. For example, a woman’s closet can tell the story of a woman’s adult life -- the mistake wears, the colors or lack of color, and the things she can’t throw away. “I do have a fantasy to do something on wedding dresses and have my daughter appear in my wedding dress. We may also do shows on hair,” adds the woman widely credited for coining the phrase, “bad hair day.”
Is the Jane Pauley's Show in trouble now?
Jane Pauley's new talk show could be in trouble after nearly two months on the air. In Louisville, though, it is holding its own on WDRB, where it is seen weekdays at 3 p.m. Nationally her program got off to a so-so start with an early debut immediately following the Olympics. The bad news is that it began slipping in the ratings right after that and has been up and down since.
Several stations have already moved her show out of competitive positions opposite "Dr. Phil" or "Oprah" to less desirable time slots. But WDRB isn't unhappy. "She's actually doing pretty well for us," said Bill Lamb, general manager of the station. Her show has slightly increased its audience since its debut on WDRB. Pauley is also doing better than Ellen DeGeneres did for the station in that same time spot a year ago. DeGeneres' show took off in the ratings later in the season, which is what Lamb thinks could happen for Pauley.
A check of the Louisville ratings from mid-September to mid-October, however, indicates the Pauley show is running fifth among the five local commercial stations airing adult programs at 3 p.m. Everybody knew "Dr. Phil" would be tough competition, and his program leads the pack in Louisville with about 34,000 households from Sept. 13-Oct. 18. The hope was that Pauley would at least be a competitive runner-up, but two network soap operas took the second and third places, with audiences of more than 20,000 homes apiece. "Judge Mathis" on WFTE, which is WDRB's sister station, drew 15,000 households, while Pauley brought up the rear with just 13,000.
What's the problem with Pauley? Style as much as anything. Her show is a bit more cerebral and often dead serious. She comes off more like a PBS or NPR host and not as warm and fuzzy as Oprah Winfrey or DeGeneres. "Jane has just not found her voice or her legs yet, but she will," said Lamb. Pauley's problem is that her show got the biggest talk-show sendoff this season, and she is failing to live up to those great expectations. If you are Tony Danza, whose show isn't doing any better than Pauley's, you don't take as much heat because you weren't in the spotlight to begin with. (Danza's show airs at 1 p.m. weekdays on WDRB.)
WDRB, which has a two-year contract to carry Pauley's show, will stick it out. But the former NBC correspondent is in trouble in cities where she was brought in to boost ratings for the newscasts that follow her show. The key may be the November sweeps. If she stumbles badly out of that gate, some stations will be tempted to exile her to off-hours, which is the equivalent of cancellation.