Tavis Smiley (TV series)

Last updated on 5 November 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.[1] 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 [2] 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.[3] The show will continue to tape episodes in both New York and Los Angeles.

Tavis Smiley
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Genre Talk show
Presented by Tavis Smiley
No. of seasons 9
Location(s) Los Angeles, California,
New York City, New York (secondary)
Running time 30 minutes
Original network PBS
Original release January 2004 (2004-01) – present
External links
Website www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley


  • KCET (2004–2010)
  • WNET (2011–present)
  • The Smiley Group, Inc (2004–present)


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