Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2.19.13 Bee-otch of the Day: Oprah wannabes

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Name: various
Age: various
Occupation: television talk show hosts
Last Seen: Hollywood, New York, et. al.
Bee-otched For: wanting to be just like Oprah... and bombing at it


Two years ago, a cloud of joy was passed onto millions of men all around the world.

And the raindrops that came out of that cloud was the fact that Oprah Winfrey canceled her long-running talk show to focus on her struggling OWN Network.

Of course, like The Sorcerer's Apprentice, when the broom breaks, a ton of mini-brooms take over and do the job.

Since Oprah's disappearance from the world of over-the-air television, the shows that spun off from her program - Dr. OzDr. Phil and The Doctors - are alive and well, plus Rachael Ray, which is produced by her Harpo Productions. But the many Oprah clones that yenta up the airwaves are becoming a different story.

In the past few weeks, three such shows - Anderson CooperJeff Probst and the newly-revamped Ricki Lake - have been canned due to poor ratings. All three talkers tried to do what Ms. Winfrey tried to do, but did it poorly.

Yeah, there's some Oprah clones that do OK, but those are all Harpo's babies. Truth is, guess which shows have been renewed to 2016? MauryJerry Springer and Steve Wilkos. As a matter of fact, Wilkos has better numbers than Katie Couric, and she's getting paid $40 million to do her abortion of a program.

Sadly, the three shows - all owned by NBC Universal - are shunned by big three network stations, but in the case of the lowest-rated of the three, Wilkos, the ex-Springer sidekick has better ratings than that of Katie's, and that's the female demo we're talking about!

Being originally from northern Michigan, I laugh at the fact that my ex-local ABC station, 29&8 ran ads in newspapers promoting "The Women of 29&8". The ads remind me of the crap that airs on my now-local ABC, WOTV 41, aka "WOTV 4 Women". The station's 6:30 p.m. newscast was even geared towards women, but even that got canned only after a few months with a more mainstream newscast. I also find it laughable that none of the local stations up north carry Maury or Springer, yet they air all of the canceled crap from this past year's season.

I think people want variety during the day. Remember, there's MEN who get off work at 3 p.m. and they don't want to watch Ellen chat with those two tone-deaf girls that butcher already-crappy pop tunes. They also don't want to watch Ricki Lake talk about women's fashion or Katie Couric do a show Oprah did years ago. They want to know who the babydaddy is, and so do a lot of women, too.

In happier news, I heard that Hoda and Kathie Lee might be breaking up. Please God, do your work.

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