9 surprising failures on daytime talk shows, from Harry Connick Jr to Queen Latifah (photos)
From Oprah to Ellen, daytime television has found its own lineup of talk show stars. But clearly, the format is not for everyone.
Harry Connick Jr.’s syndicated daytime talk show “Harry” was canceled by NBCUniversal Television Distribution in 2018 after just 2 seasons. It had aired on Fox-owned stations for a total of 299 episodes, but in the end it failed to find its place.
Jane Pauley was the widely admired co-host of “Today”. A natural fit for her own daytime spectacle, right? Nope. “The Jane Pauley Show” premiered in 2004 and was canceled after just one season.
Everyone loves Tony Danza, right? Maybe not. The irrepressible former “Taxi” star premiered “The Tony Danza Show” in 2004. Audiences apparently weren’t impressed with games like “Extravadanza!” and the show was retired after two years.
“The Wayne Brady Show” grew out of his work on ABC’s improvisation hit, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” But Brady’s charm clearly didn’t translate into daytime, and the show was ended in 2004 after two seasons.
“Anderson Live” had one of the most impressive settings in talk show history, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking New York’s Central Park. But viewers didn’t care much about the sight, and CNN reporter Anderson Cooper had his show deleted after two seasons, ending in 2013.
Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime talk show “Katie” was canceled in 2013 a year after its 2012 debut, airing for a total of 2 seasons. The ill-fated show, which failed to break through to “Ellen” and “Dr. Phil,” was distributed by Disney / ABC Television Group.
“The Meredith Vieira Show” was canceled in 2016 after 2 seasons. After debuting in 2014, it was quickly renewed for a second season, which aired at much lower ratings than the first season. After the cancellation, Vieira moved on to cover the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for NBCUniversal.
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