Two is company and three's a crowd on any TV show schedule but September will see the launch of four new daytime talk shows - all on the same day - forcing producers to start early with innovative ways of finding and engaging audiences.
Ricki Lake, Katie Couric, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst and comedian Steve Harvey all kick off their daytime ventures on September 10. They will enter a female-dominated market for chat, lifestyle, health and cooking already occupied by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Wendy Williams, Dr. Phil McGraw and the ladies of "The View" and "The Talk".
It's more than a year since queen of talk Oprah Winfrey left the daytime building after a 25-year-run of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," opening the door for new and fresh faces to try their hand at becoming a best friend to millions of female viewers.
"When Oprah left daytime, there was still a need for this girlfriend feeling that she gave audiences," said Stephen Brown, whose 20th Television is behind upcoming, syndicated "The Ricki Lake Show."...more
01:29 PM, Jun 01, 2012