The new faces of daytime television: Katie Couric, Jeff Probst, and Ricki Lake debut talk shows
Just a few years back, when you thought of daytime talk shows, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was likely the first one that came to mind. For 24 consecutive seasons, it was the No. 1 daytime talk show, and Winfrey -- known as the queen of daytime -- won so many Emmys for her hosting work that she took herself out of the running altogether. When her show went off the air in 2011 -- which coincided with some long-running soap operas fading to black -- suddenly the market was open wide, and networks were more than eager to take chances on some new talk shows. Make that several new talk shows. In the week ahead, we'll be introduced to three of them -- "The Ricki Lake Show," "Katie," and "The Jeff Probst Show" -- all of which premiere on September 10.
While any of these new shows might become the next big hit, as "go time" approaches the biggest interest is surrounding Katie Couric's new show. For much of the summer the "Katie" host has been in publicity overdrive for the show, which will be news-driven (she is a former news anchor!), but will also cover lifestyles topics. "The marketing department of ABC came up with 'smart with heart,' which I actually thought was a great kind of description of what I would ideally like the show to be," the 55-year-old told TV critics this summer. While you shouldn't expect to see her sitting down with Sarah Palin again, she will dip into the political world, interviewing the wives and children of presidential and vice-presidential candidates. There will be plenty of celebrity types too -- some guests lined up are Jessica Simpson, debuting post-baby body, Heidi Klum, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Lopez, and Barbra Streisand. Another much-touted interview will be with Aimee Copeland, the Georgia student who battled a flesh-eating bacterial infection. And there will be a regular segment called YOLO ("You Only Live Once") during which Couric crosses things off her bucket list -- like when she takes a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with race car driver Danica Patrick.
The former "Today" anchor tells us what to expect from her new daytime talk show:
Ricki Lake is actually a veteran in the industry, having hosted an eponymous show for over a decade after it launched in 1993. Her new series -- called "The Ricki Lake Show" -- will be different though because, now 43, Lake says she has acquired a wisdom she didn't have when she was younger. So don't expect any Jerry Springer-style catfights this time around. "With aging you learn," Lake tells Yahoo! TV. "This time around, I know myself in a way that I couldn't possibly have in my 20s. So the show is really a reflection of the everywoman trying to figure it all out." And Lake, who got divorced and remarried in the time between her shows, says she's not going to pretend that she knows everything or has all the answers. "I'm not an expert," she says. "I certainly know how to surround myself with a group of people who are experts in their own field. We can learn from each other. Have a good time. Everyone is on the same level. I really am just me trying to do the best I can at having as much of a great life as possible."
Lake sizes up her daytime competition: