The Meredith Vieira Show will soon end its second season on NBC, which is surprising to no one. Daytime talk shows don’t have a long shelf life these days. Have we finally lost our appetite for mediocre TV?
Though The Meredith Vieira Show launched in 2014 to decent ratings, the show was down 50 percent in viewership by its second year. Vieira will be fine: according to Deadline, she’ll transition right into NBC’s Summer Olympics coverage in Rio de Janeiro.
“I am so sorry to see our show come to an end after this season, but I am also incredibly proud of the work our staff has done and forever grateful to our supportive viewers,” Vieira said in a statement to Deadline. “We promise to spend our final weeks producing the best broadcast we know how. And have a blast doing so!”
Other shows that have gone the way of Meredith in the past few years.
The Queen Latifah Show
The Queen Latifah Show aired from 2013 to 2015, surviving two seasons of Queen singing lounge jams and welcoming guests like former President Bill Clinton to chat Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
Bethenny Frankel’s self-titled show lasted from 2012 to 2014 but was really just one season and a preview batch of episodes. The series highlight was Omarosa, of The Apprentice fame, essentially calling Frankel basic.
Katie Couric’s self-titled talk show lasted from 2012-2014, making headlines primarily for an insensitive interview with Laverne Cox, where the transgender activist had to explain why it was rude to ask another human about their genitalia on live television.
Kris Jenner’s self-titled show only made it one month (July 2013) before being cancelled by Fox. The “highlight” was the time she hawked a photo of her then-new granddaughter North West.
The Boris and Nicole Show / Ice and Coco
Debuting on Fox in August 2015, Fox gave both couples a four-week test run to see if they could make the cut. They didn’t.
NOT CANCELLED FOR SOME REASON: RACHAEL RAY
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