Let’s Talk About Talk Shows

May 31, 2012

When Oprah pulled the plug on her show, it was an end of an era for talk shows. Filling the void wasn’t going to be easy. But it seems the TV industry has moved on. Let’s take a look at what the future holds for talk shows.

Veteran hosts
September will be a big month for new talk shows hosted by familiar faces. ABC’s Katie Couric will start Katie, a daytime show about health, parenting, and lifestyle matters. Ricki Lake returns after a long absence with The Ricki Lake Show, featuring an online platform, which will not only encourage interaction but will also serve as a content source for the TV show. And Steve Harvey, host of Family Feud, will get the laughs going on his self-named new show, which is set to be filmed in Chicago. The show will cover a myriad of topics, such as parenting, relationships, today’s workplace issues, and more. In his own words: “a show about real people, with few celebrity guests.”

The next generation
There is another trend in upcoming talk shows: those whose hosts graduated from the School of Reality TV. Take Jeff Probst, for instance. You remember him as Survivor‘s host and executive producer. His new talk show, scheduled to air in September, will focus on topics such as relationships, family issues, and newsworthy events. Bethenny Frankel, whom you’ve seen on The Apprentice, Martha Stewart, The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Ever After, will try her luck this June with a new no-nonsense talk show about current events and lifestyle tips. Who will be next? Snooki hosting a show about parenting? Only time will tell.