Katie Couric's talk show, once so promising, is in trouble. Also today in show business news: Last night was a TV ratings black hole, Cinemax renews a gratuitous but great show, and we finally see Streisand and Rogen in action together.
It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the grand TV return of Katie Couric with the success of her new talk show Katie. Well, in fact, it was three weeks ago, and the good old days are now over. It seems that local affiliates are unhappy with the show, as ratings have dwindled and it is not proving to be the show they were sold. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Couric and her producer Jeff Zucker "promised a topical show that would serve as a perfect afternoon news lead-in but instead [have] delivered more typical talk show guests, such as Jessica Simpson revealing her Weight Watchers success story during the show's premiere episode." Uh ohhhh. Jessica Simpson burn. One thing that's actually pretty amazing about this is that someone actually wanted a more serious, newsy show on television. Isn't that kind of incredible?? I am pretty impressed with the local affiliates. But not with Katie Couric. Figure your stuff out, lady. You too, you other talk show hosts whose shows are failing, like Ricki Lake and Jeff Probst. Is the daytime talk show dying? Save us, Oprah! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Speaking of failing television shows, what the hell happened last night? Pretty much every show was down in the ratings, including number-one CBS' NCIS shows (though some of us did our best to help) and the well-performing freshman Vegas. The Voice dropped for NBC because it was a recap episode, which affected Go On and New Normal. And over at Fox, all those comedies were off, from a bad debut for Raising Hope (down 45% for last season) to a low The Mindy Project (down 21% from its premiere), and an even droopier Ben & Kate. The only bright spot was New Girl, which held strong amidst all the mess and then did a cutesy tap dance to cheer everyone up or something. So, Tuesday bloody Tuesday. It really is a pretty weak programming night, unless you like Dancing With the Stars, The Voice, or NCIS, which no one in America seems to. Figure it out, TV! (Save us, Oprah?) [Entertainment Weekly]