Bill Rancic to host new talk show set in Chicago

Apprentice winner and Orland Park native Bill Rancic will co-host In the Loop with iVillage, a reincarnated version of iVillageLive, a show that aired on the NBC O&O’s from Universal Studios in Orlando and flopped with viewers. The new version of the program will air live weekdays at 11 a.m. (CT) on WMAQ-TV here in Chicago from the NBC Tower.

Also joining the fun will be actress Kim Coles (In Living Color) and fellow Apprentice contestant Ereka Ventrini, who appeared with Rancic on the show’s first season (along with another contestant named Omarasa, who was briefly considered for a talk show from Jerry Springer producer Richard Dominick. Thankfully, they went with Steve Wilkos.)

Ventrini was the announcer and sidekick on the now-defunct Tony Danza Show during that show’s first season (2004-05).

The NBC Tower has been busy of late with TV production. In addition to iVillage, Steve Wilkos, and Jerry Springer, the NBC Tower is also home to Judge Mathis. Past shows shot at the studio include Jenny Jones and Kwik Witz.

Meanwhile, Rancic was married over the weekend in Italy to E! reporter Giuliana DePandi.