Living it up with Ali & Jack

(ended 2004)


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Living it up with Ali & Jack

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Ali Wentworth, the wife of George Stephanopoulos, has a new show called Living it up with Ali and Jack. Its a breezy morning talk show format similar to the longtime syndie staple "Live! With Regis & Kelly." The difference being that "Living It Up With Ali and Jack" main host is Ali Wentworth and it is co-hosted by the rather dead-pan Jack Ford. Although the alternate title "Jack and Ali" rolls off the tongue so much more smoothly - staffers say that as Ali brings the talent and the name - she gets top billing. Its another case of women and their egos ruling the New York yakker circuit - so who cares if it sounds better. Wentworth spent two years on "In Living Color" and counts more than 100 guest spots on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Needless to say, Wentworth will be throwing some man-on-the-street segments into the mix, but it is unclear if the Tonight Show lawyers will have something to say about that. The King World production will be co-anchored by former NBC newsman Jack Ford. Living it Up with Ali & Jack is recorded live (albeit transmitted in short delay form) and uses the familiar one-hour daytime variety show format. The series features topical commentary from the hosts, celebrity and non-celebrity interviews, segments based on articles from the Hearst stable of magazines (Cosmopolitan, etc.), music, field pieces tuned to Ali Wentworth's humor, games and contests utilizing both the in-studio and viewing audiences, and other pop culture pieces. It is unclear if there will be a piece on why this kind of New York TV show fails and why people in New York don't go to them or watch them, thank the lord for the mid-west. Living it up with Jack and Ali is King World production and is produced by Bruce McKaymoreless