When Meredith Vieira signed off from the “Today” show in 2011 and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in 2013, she thought she’d hung up her daytime TV dancing shoes. But starting Sept. 8, the Rhode Island native and Tufts grad will be back on television with a new talk show, airing locally on WCVB-TV (Channel 5).
“I was done. If you had said to me then, ‘You’re going to do a show,’ I would’ve said ‘You’re crazy,’” said the veteran broadcaster, who’s worked for all three major networks and served as the original moderator of “The View” from 1997 to 2006.
Chatting at Towne Stove and Spirits during a brief visit to Boston to meet with the WCVB brass, Vieira said she was approached by several syndicators to do her own show after she left “Today.”
“They suggested doing a show that sounded a lot like ‘The View,’ actually,” she said with a laugh. “I was flattered but I wasn’t interested.”
But when she and “Millionaire” producer Rich Sirop started brainstorming, she got excited.
“We talked and I said, ‘I’ve done talk, I’ve done news, I’ve done game, maybe if I could combine all of that somehow?’”
And that’s just what she plans to do with “The Meredith Vieira Show,” which will shoot live-to-tape at 30 Rock on a set based on Vieira’s own family room from her home in New York — including some of her own furniture. (Vieira also has a place in Wellfleet.)
In addition to a mix of celebrity interviews, topical news guests, and games, she’ll have a band led by E Street Band vocalist-percussionist Everett Bradley.
Vieira’s show will tape in the studio right next to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and she says that the late night funnyman, “has already let it be known that he plans to cause some trouble. And [NBC Nightly News anchor] Brian Williams too!”