Tavis Smiley (TV series)
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|Presented by||Tavis Smiley|
|No. of seasons||9|
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California,
New York City, New York (secondary)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||January 2004– December 13, 2017|
Tavis Smiley is a late-night talk show hosted by journalist Tavis Smiley that airs weeknights on PBS. The show began airing in January 2004 and is filmed in Los Angeles, California, making it the first ever west-coast talk show for PBS. The show will occasionally be filmed in New York City, at the Lincoln Center studios of WNET. The show features notable entertainers, athletes, politicians, authors, and other noteworthy individuals in a 30-minute interview that explores the lives of the guests and the current events. Tavis Smiley is a production of The Smiley Group, Inc and New York station WNET, with major funding from Wal-Mart.
During the first eight seasons, the show was taped at the studios of KCET which served as the flagship PBS station for the west coast until its separation from PBS in December 2010, moving the flagship name to KOCE-TV. From January 2011, New York station WNET took over production of the show  with some episodes originating out of WNET's studio in Lincoln Center but the show remained at the KCET studios for the remainder of the eighth season. The ninth season began on January 19, 2012 and debuted a new studio at the Encompass Digital Media Studios, nearby downtown Los Angeles. The show will continue to tape episodes in both New York and Los Angeles.
On December 13, 2017, PBS indefinitely suspended distribution of the show after an investigation discovered "credible" allegations of sexual misconduct. Smiley is accused of engaging in sexual relationships with multiple employees as well as "creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment."
- "About the Show". PBS. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
- Press Release: WNET announces co-partnership with Tavis Smiley
- Tavis Smiley's new season, new show
- Holloway, Daniel (December 13, 2017). "PBS Suspends 'Tavis Smiley' Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation". Variety. Retrieved December 14, 2017.