The talk show round-up has begun and Ricki Lake and Anderson Cooper are among the few that will not be in the game next season. Many people were curious if the once popular Ricki Lake show would make a successful comeback after all of these years? The answer…No. With more “entertaining” shows like Ellen, Wendy Williams and Steve Harvey, it was very difficult for her to find her audience again. People couldn’t get used to Anderson Cooper in a “talk show” setting, so he is biding farewell also. But good news for Steve Harvey and Katie which will be renewed and Kris Jenner is getting her shot a independent fame.
According to Deadline: Twentieth Television just announced that its struggling freshman syndicated talker The Ricki Lake Show will not be renewed for the 2013-2014 season. Original episodes will continue to air through the end of the season. Ricki Lake never found an audience to support it in the long run as the two faced a glut of new talk shows last fall. A similar announcement for Jeff Probst should be coming soon.
“While we are proud of the topics the program tackled including childhood obesity, life-after the military, divorce, and addiction we were simply not able to breakthrough the crowded talk show marketplace,” Stephen Brown, Twentieth TV’s EVP of programming & development said.
“I am so proud of the shows we completed this season, sparking important conversations about everything from raising children to mental illness to suicide prevention to coming out,” Lake said. “I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms — and a return to my documentary filmmaking work with Abby Epstein.”
While Ricki Lake was a disappointment, Twentieth TV did well with freshman syndicated strip Dish Nation, which was recently renewed for a second season after scoring well with young demos.
And the company just struck a deal for a summer test run of a Kris Jenner daily talk show on Fox stations this summer.
Jenner’s show, which will be called “Kris,” will begin a test run in the summer on Fox affiliates in Los Angeles, New York and other cities.
If expanded nationwide, the show could catapult Jenner, 57, from manager to lifestyle expert alongside daughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe who have starred on reality series on U.S. channel E!.
The daily, one-hour show will feature celebrity guests and address lifestyle trends, Fox said. Jenner has previously been a guest host on CBS daytime talk show “The Talk.”
“This is something I have wanted to do all my life so it’s definitely a dream come true! I can’t wait for this new adventure to begin,” Jenner said in a statement.
Ricki Lake joins sophomore syndicated talk show Anderson Cooper Live, which also is ending its run this season. Freshmen Katie, from ABC-Disney; Steve Harvey and Trisha Goddard, from NBCU; and Dish Nation have been renewed.
Source/Pics: Deadline, Grandfrorks Herald