Better (TV series)
|The Better Show|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
The Better Show is a syndicated lifestyle television show. It airs weekdays on 155 stations across the United States. The program is produced and distributed by Meredith Corporation, a publishing company founded in 1902. The Better Show gets its name from Meredith's flagship publication, Better Homes and Gardens. Much of the show's content is tied not only to Better Homes and Gardens but also to Meredith's other magazines including More, Fitness, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and Family Circle. Each episode features a mix of subject matter experts and celebrity guests. There are both in-studio interviews and pre-taped feature stories.
This is not Better Homes and Gardens' first foray into television; in the 1990s, the magazine presented a similar syndicated weekly series, Better Your Home with Better Homes and Gardens. In addition, the Australian version of the magazine has their TV series as well.
History and affiliates
Production of the program began in several test markets in 2007 and placed into syndication later that year.
The show currently airs on most of the 13 stations owned by Meredith, as well as on stations owned by companies including Fox, CBS, Tribune, LIN TV, Journal, Gannett, and Sinclair. Currently, the show is cleared in over 150 markets and has been renewed for a sixth season.
Some Meredith stations air a localized version of the program, under varying titles using local hosts, à la PM Magazine. For example, WNEM-TV's version is called Better Mid-Michigan; while WGCL-TV's edition is known as Better Mornings Atlanta; and KPHO-TV's show is called Better Arizona. WPHL-TV (a Tribune-owned Better affiliate) airs the national version in the morning with local cut-ins throughout the hour, branded as Better Philly. In Kansas City, the local Better Kansas City airs on KCTV, while the national Better series airs on sister station KSMO-TV.
Meredith announced that The Better Show will premiere on The Hallmark Channel in October 2012 to replace programming from Martha Stewart and to compliment its "Home & Family" programming block. The show will air one day following its airing in syndication. The CW Plus picked up Better for air on its stations in fall 2014, where it replaced The Daily Buzz.
In February 2015, Meredith confirmed that the program would be cancelled at the end of May 2015. Repeats will continue to air until mid-September 2015.
Hosts and correspondents
Initially, The Better Show was hosted by Lowe in New York City and Kimberly Maus at KPTV in Portland, Oregon. In August 2009, the show's West Coast operations moved to WFSB in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, near Hartford. At that time Lowe became the program's solo host.
Rhiannon Ally was named Lowe's co-host in January 2011. She originally joined the program in September 2009 as a correspondent based out of Rocky Hill. She had also served as Lowe's substitute.
As of Fall 2014, Kristina Behr has replaced Rebecca Budig as co-host of the series.
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Links to local versions Of The Better Show
- Better Arizona
- Better Connecticut
- Better Nashville
- Better Mid-Michigan
- Better Atlanta
- Better Portland