Michaela Pereira is joining the daytime TV ranks in fall 2023.
The longtime broadcaster will host a one-hour syndicated talk show featuring conversations on universal topics and lifestyle segments, Urban Hollywood 411 has learned.
The daily program titled Michaela! comes from PPI Releasing, an independent TV distribution company based in Venice Beach, California, and led by Ritch Colbert, Josh Raphaelson, and David Hutchinson.
Pereira, a former CNN anchor, said in a statement she’s always been curious about the world and the people around her.
“I love people, and I’ve been so worried about us over the past while with the pandemic and then the after effects of it on our mental health, our well-being. So, what I want is to bring us together again to remind us of who we are, what we’re made of, how much we have in common,” she said.
“There’s been so much time spent on showing us how different we all are,” she continued. “And while there are differences, I think those differences can be celebrated. Our show has to be centered around the human experience, and that just doesn’t mean somebody sitting there telling you a boring story. We want to capitalize on the universal truths for all of us. And we’re going to have fun. I don’t think I’m a goofball exactly, but… I love to laugh!”
Pereira began her broadcast career at CHEK-TV in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1993.
A native of Canada, she later gained a loyal following in Los Angeles as co-anchor of the top-rated KTLA Morning News. After nine years at the Hollywood-based station, she joined CNN in 2013 as co-host of the network’s then-titled morning show, New Day. Pereira returned to the West Coast in 2016 to anchor MichaeLA on CNN sister network HLN and hosted the show until 2018, when the cable network scaled back live programming and canceled the program.
Pereira returned to local news in 2020, as lead anchor of Good Day LA on Fox affiliate KTTV, before exiting the station in September 2022, amid management changes.
A spokesperson for PPI touted Michaela! as the first syndicated series “in decades” built around a talent with “a proven track record” in daytime TV.
The show is currently cleared in Canada, with PPI “finalizing” broadcast agreements with stations in the U.S.