Ricki Lake's Comeback Talk Show Gets The AXE!






Say goodbye to The Ricki Lake Show — again. Twentieth Television announced the talk show will not receive a second season pick up for 2013-2014. Stephen Brown, executive vice-president of programming, said in a released statement:

We would like to thank Ricki Lake as well as executive producer Gail Steinberg and the entire staff for their work this season. 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.

Lake said:

I am so proud of the shows we completed this season, sparking important conversations about everything from raising children to mental illness to suicide prevention to coming out. I will continue to be an active and passionate voice for subjects that are close to my heart through a variety of platforms — and a return to my documentary filmmaking work with Abby Epstein. I am excited to create meaningful and provocative films similar to our 2007 project, THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN

Episodes of Ricki Lake already filmed for this season will continue to air until the end of the season. 


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Daniel St. John's picture
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After watching the first few episodes of Ricki's new show I knew that cancellation was inevitable. The show was on feel good, mommy overload and was incredibly boring to boot.
She should have tried to recreate a little of the old Ricki show.

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I knew it was coming when they moved Ellen into her timeslot here. As a matter of fact she is on opposite Katie here. Not a good sign for Katie.

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Jeff Probst has been moved into late night in Canada, so he's probably not far behind.

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Why is this woman still around? She peaked with Hairspray. She's like a bad rash.

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I guess she's more like herpes, because herpes never really goes away. Wink

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The problem is the landscape has changed too much while she was away from the talk circuit. There's nothing fresh anymore. Women are tired of the same old makeover shows and cooking segments.

You know what format would work? Something like the Morton Downey Jr. Show, where people can just say what they want and express their opinions.

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In my market she change time slots and I saw in some other markets she was moving time slots as well. Anderson, Ricki, are done! Jeff Probst it only a matter of time as well too.

Everybody wants the Ricki from the 90s which was a cult hit-

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It's funny to read so many people enjoyed her first show. When it was on, it was one of the examples of what I thought was "everything that's wrong with TV". Now, it wouldn't even come close. Smile

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See maybe our ABC channel should had carried Katie, RL Show was removed after Nov sweeps and locally the ratings for Ricki Lake failed big time against Katie.

And the winner is Katie!

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Ricki should have given us what we expect from her — bisexual roommates in love with one another's fathers AND mothers! I would have watched every day.

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LOL! Maybe they should have re-branded the show as The Real Housewives of Lake Ricki!

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betheney frankel's daytime talk show is much worse though. notice how ellen degeneres is getting no backlash from creating betheney frankel’s daytime talk show. ellen is very vocal against lgbt bullying but she gives a talk show to a real housewife? the whole premise of the housewife franchise and to a greater degree bravo is to glorify bullying. oh that’s right. ellen has no problem w/ the housewives bec the bullying is not between lgbt people. hollywood and the mainstream manhattan media and the entertainment press are against lgbt bullying and speak abt lgbt suicides only.

and yet the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and National Asian Women’s Health Organization (NAWHO) has reported that suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among Asian americans overall compared to the ninth leading cause of death for white Americans. The highest suicide rate are among Asian american women 66 and older. Asian american girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any group and 71% of southeast asian americans meet the criteria for depression and other major affective mental disorders w/ 81% percent Cambodian americans. 16% of Asian american women have contemplated suicide compared with 13% of other americans. females ages 15 to early 20s who are Asian american die from suicide at a higher rate than all other groups. but hollywood and the mainstream media and entertainment press never speaks against that bec they only speak abt gay bullying and lgbt suicides. while actors and actresses only talk against gay bullying and lgbt suicides bec that gets them press and publicity and helps their careers and gets them favorable acting reviews. hollywood has made it acceptable to bash Asian americans and therefore hollywood has directly contributed to these high suicide rates among Asian american women. of course the mainstream manhattan media and hollywood and the entertainment press won’t criticize ellen for giving a former real housewife a platform when the real housewife franchise glorifies bullying. typical from the progressive manhattan media and the tolerant entertainment press and biased hollywood

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angrierblackerman wrote:
The problem is the landscape has changed too much while she was away from the talk circuit. There's nothing fresh anymore. Women are tired of the same old makeover shows and cooking segments.

You know what format would work? Something like the Morton Downey Jr. Show, where people can just say what they want and express their opinions.

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MORT, MORT, MORT

The problem with that Angrier is: the culture is so PC and NO ONE is allowed to have an opinion outside of what some people think it should be, so no a show like Mort's wouldn't fly in today's world. Got to go to one of his live on the road show's, it wasn't nearly as good as the daytime version.