By Lacey “G Souldier” Turner
Daytime TV talk shows have always been a staple in households across America. Families could tune in and escape their reality and enjoy the entertainment that these shows had to offer.
Nowadays it seems to be coming to an end as the landscape of Television is vastly changing as programming including Black TV Talks Shows are being canceled. I believe there are many factors that play a part in the dissolving of these shows. One key thing is the Pandemic.
Once the coronavirus hit, it severely disrupted life as we knew it. Not being able to be in gatherings or groups of people, halted institutions from providing their viewers with an in-studio TV audience.
The Television studio audience was very important because it played a vital part in getting the households geared up in a frenzy for the topics that were being discussed. Those laughs and cheers that the audience gave were authentic and engaging.
Once Covid-19 hit, those reactions were replaced with silence as a number of TV shows had to go virtual.
Another key component is low ratings. I feel there are so many new shows being created and tested out on the market, that it’s hard to keep up with what is great television and what isn’t.
I believe streaming services are a major reason for the low ratings. As streaming platforms continue to grow such as Netflix, Hulu, Tubi, and others, regular TV programming is declining and fizzling out. The streaming platforms are providing so much new content as each day passes that viewers are gravitating more towards these streaming services.
This is all prevalent as The Wendy Williams Show is coming to an end after this season. The show has rotated in prominent guest hosts during the absence of Wendy due to her health concerns, but many feel the ratings for her tv show were dropping even before then.
Sheri Shepherd is slated to take over and start her own show, but who knows how long that will last. Not even a few weeks later, it was reported that Nick Cannon‘s show was canceled after only six months.
Nick Cannon was stunned after learning that his show would be canceled and stated “It’s interesting. This is show business and the biggest word is business, I show up each and every day, bright and early to give you a show and I am also a businessman.” “This has been a dream come true. I want to expand and elevate.”
That dream was snatched away from him because of allegedly low ratings. It doesn’t stop there. It has also been rumored that the daytime talk show “The Real,” is also expected to be canceled. Talk show host Loni Love addressed the rumors and said “It’s been a busy few days but I got a call from the studio, no official decision has been made about The Real just yet” “I will be ok but please give grace to the 150 crew members this may affect, we will finish Season 8 and wait for official word.”
Black shows aren’t the only ones feeling the effect as popular shows are being canceled such as Ellen Degenerate, Dr. Oz, Judge Jerry, and The Maury Show which will end production after 31 successful years. Only time will tell if more shows will continue to be canceled in the foreseeable future.