- "The Ricki Lake Show" will not be renewed for a second year
- Original episodes of the talk show will continue through September
- Exec: We weren't able to breakthrough the croweded talk show marketplace
Bummer for Ricki Lake.
The studio that produced her return to daytime television has announced that "The Ricki Lake Show" will not be renewed for a second year. Original episodes will continue through September.
"While we are proud of the topics the program tackled including childhood obesity, life-after the military, divorce, and addiction we were simply not able to breakthrough the crowded talk show marketplace," said Stephen Brown, exec VP of programming & development for Twentieth Television, in a statement. Twentieth produced Lake's syndicated talk show.
Though she's a veteran talker (she hosted her own show back in the late '90s), Lake has floundered in daytime where so many new female faces are either hosting a new talk show (hi, Katie Couric!) or bringing in new viewers to a returning one (the women of "The Talk").