SPT's 'Queen Latifah' Ending Its Run

Sony Pictures Television’s Queen Latifah is wrapping its run with production by the end of the year, SPT confirmed Friday. The show will air in originals through the end of March.

“We want to thank Dana, the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of,” said SPT in a statement. “Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”

Queen Latifah also posted a letter on her Facebook page, thanking her staff.

The news comes after word that CBS Television Distribution’s Man in the Middle would not be going forward, largely because of economic considerations. What the CBS Owned Television Stations will air in its place is unclear, but some sources speculated that the group would pick up CTD's Hot Bench in some markets. Hot Bench is this season's top-rated rookie.

This season, Queen Latifah is averaging a 1.0 in households and is the second-lowest-ranked talk show, ahead of only Meredith’s The Better Show at a 0.2. Queen Latifah premiered in September 2013, and was executive produced by Corin Nelson. This fall, the show swapped executive producers, promoting Todd Yasui to showrunner. Queen Latifah is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit, a company she runs with business partner Shakim Compere.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.