Oprah Winfrey has skyrocketed her current golden boy, interior designer Nate Berkus, to fame by helping him land his own TV talk show, The Nate Berkus Show, which premiered yesterday (check the show's website for local station listings).
Oprah is notorious for sculpting her little proteges before sending them off on their own -- just ask Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Rachael Ray, who were all formerly under Oprah's wing. Judging by the success of those three, we will undoubtedly see great things come from the cutie-pie designer.
His set looks more like a prewar apartment than a talk show stage, boasting a pair of distressed luggage leather chairs, a worn wooden bench-turned-coffee table, a modern taupe linen sofa, darkened polished hardwood floors, and crown molding on the walls. "[The set] is going to be its own little character on the show," Berkus tells USA Today.
And with Oprah on your side, your resources are bound to be endless. The ability to be indulgent in makeovers, celebrity guest stars, and media attention covering every angle (not to mention his boyish good looks, but we can't give Oprah credit for that one), it's hard to imagine this show not being huge. From Nate's own words, here's what we can expect for the upcoming season:
I want this to be an hour that inspires, makes you smile and serves as a destination where our audience can learn about design and style, and share their best ideas. Every show will have information that makes viewers’ daily lives just a little better and a little brighter. We’ve done a lot of research leading up to the launch, speaking with real women and asking them what they want to see. Everyone is so busy that asking for an hour of their time becomes a huge responsibility. We created the show to be multi-segment and multi-topic, so that viewers walk away from each hour with lots of helpful tips and original ideas that are new to them. I also want to make the audience laugh and have a good time. We have a segment called "Nate's Crate," for example, which is a crate that can show up anywhere and anytime and contain a challenge, a surprise, even a giveaway. So that's a lot of fun.
I don't know about you, but I'm definitely ready to be inspired.
Are you a fan of Nate Berkus? Will you watch his new television talk show?
Image via TheNateShow.com