Another daytime talk show ends, is this the end of a daytime TV era? – The Broadcast
Looks like some folks will have to go back to old-fashioned paternity testing to find out who the baby’s daddy really is since “Maury” (originally called “The Maury Povich Show”) has officially announced it’s coming to an end. After 30 years of talking about teen pregnancies and sexual infidelities – as well as revealing who is and who is do not the father – daytime talk show host Maury Povich has announced that his show will be leaving the airwaves in September, with the 31st season being the last.
An NBCUniversal executive told Deadline he was canceling Maury at the end of the 2021-22 season when Povich planned to retire at the age of 83. “Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the show’s farewell season, and although his retirement will be bittersweet, we are so happy he can spend more time on the pitch. golf,” said Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of NBCUniversal Syndication Studios. Deadline. “Maury is a television icon, a pop culture legend and we couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of his incredible career.”
The long-running syndicated program first launched in 1991 and shortened its name to “Maury” seven years later. Over the course of its history, the show has done episodes and various individual segments on many different issues before becoming famous for its paternity test segments at a time when tabloid-style talk shows reigned supreme (from other examples include Jerry Springer and Sally Jesse Rafael).
The basic format would follow the mom discussing the baby and talking about who she believed to be the child’s father. Viewers would then hear from the alleged father – who would most often claim the child was not his. Thanks to the DNA test results and Povich’s help in breaking the news in the most dramatic way possible, audiences never knew what to expect.
Maury became known for saying a version of “When it comes to (baby name), you (are/are not) the father”, as guests on the shows reacted wildly, usually cheered on by the crowd .
New episodes of “Maury” will run through September, and the show will air reruns after that.
The disruption of daytime programming
The cancellation of “Maury” comes as several networks appear to be shaking up their daytime programming. In fact, it’s a time of massive upheaval right now in the daytime talk show game, as major changes have taken place in the industry recently with new faces emerging to fill the hosting slots vacated by some of the biggest names in the format. Along with Povich, Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Williams, Jerry Springer, and Nick Cannon are all stepping away from their shows for various reasons.
Fox pulled its daytime series “The Nick Cannon Show” from the air after one season. Meanwhile, Jerry Springer’s “Judge Jerry” is definitely ending in September. “The Wendy Williams Show” is also ending and “The Good Dish” was also recently canceled.
We’ve also known for a while that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is ending with its finale airing on May 26. She’s dating a huge guest list that includes Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo, Channing Tatum, David Letterman, Diane Keaton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner, Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Zac Efron, and DeGeneres’ wife , Portia de Rossi.
The series ends amid controversy over accusations of a toxic workplace culture. However, Degeneres argues that the cancellation is just for her and she needs a new challenge. Additionally, on January 18, 2022, NBC canceled Ellen’s competition series “Ellen’s Game of Games” after her ratings dropped too low in 2021.
Other predictions of future cancellations include CBS’ “The Doctors,” hosted by Dr. Andrew Ordon, and Warner Bros.’ “The Real,” hosted by Garcelle Beauvais, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai Jenkins. “The Doctors” has been stuck at a 0.2 rating in households for a year, while “The Real” is at 0.4.
How will networks fill the void?
Now that the field is wide open, how will TV stations fill the void? With all the upheavals of the day, it’s a bit difficult to know who might emerge as new stars. Degeneres was a force for many years and Williams was also a big player in space, but recent health issues forced her to pull out of her program. However, Williams is already talking about a return to television.
The picture becomes clearer for the 2022-23 syndicated TV season, as Sherri Shepherd will be the new host of a show called “Sherri,” taking over Williams’ old timeslot. Additionally, Shepherd will continue to host “Dish Nation,” which will air on Fox stations and others in syndication.
Fox also announced that “The Jennifer Hudson Show” will be coming soon as well. “As the syndication business continues to undergo dramatic change, we need strong players to reinvigorate talk shows and Jennifer Hudson is just that,” said Frank Cicha, executive vice president, programming, Fox Television Stations, in a statement.
New daytime talk shows joining the fray will enter a space currently led by megastars Drew Barrymore and Kelly Clarkson, who have launched their own talkers in recent years.
For example, season 3‘s return is CBS Media Ventures’ “The Drew Barrymore Show,” averaging 0.6 in households. Next year, the show will be split into two half-hours. CBS-owned stations will link Drew with local news in major markets and air the second half hour on its duopoly stations.
Another new series that will likely hit the scene is from NBCUniversal and will be hosted by Karamo Brown, one of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” hosts. Brown — who guest-starred NBCU’s “Maury” — is set to begin streaming on The CW affiliates and other stations this fall. NBCU has been trying to change its lineup of conflict makers for years and hopes Karamo Brown will freshen up the genre and appeal to younger viewers. Although NBCUniversal has yet to make an official pickup announcement, the show is expected to continue with Maury EP Paul Faulhaber as producer.
Soap operas aren’t doing very well either. As longtime viewers know, soap operas have been filling networks’ daytime schedules for decades. Today, only four of them remain – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS), “Days of Our Lives” (NBC), “General Hospital” (ABC) and “The Young and the Restless” (CBS ). Their ratings are a fraction of what they were even just a few years ago.
It’s unclear who will survive and which shows will deliver the biggest daytime audiences. Should we all face the fact that daytime television is over? Or is there still hope?