Oprah’s absence leaves big shoes to fill in the talk show world


Oprah’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ran for 25 seasons and has a total of 4,561 episodes.

What do Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, and Rosie O’Donnell all have in common? They are all getting their very own daily talk shows.

The big question here is, what do these new talk show hosts have in store that hasn’t already been done? Having a successful talk show that people actually want to watch is not an easy task, especially with the growing competition.

As you may have heard, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” concluded in May, which means that a huge competitor has been eliminated from the game. The old favorite in the competition has retired, sparking the chance for new talk shows to succeed and take the spotlight. But in order to take the spotlight, something unique, intriguing, interesting, and captivating needs to be done.

No one likes to watch the same shows with the same concepts, especially in the fast-paced and innovative world we live in today. If these hosts want to be successful, it is imperative they raise the bar.

Oprah was so successful at being a talk show host because she brought real life situations, important dilemmas, and interesting people to her shows. She covered a wide variety of subjects that kept her audience watching, and she personally connected with people by sharing her own life stories and struggles. The chances that someone will fill Oprah’s shoes are slim—but we never know what the future entails.

Oprah hasn’t been the only recent television talk show success. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has been on the air since 2003, has caught people’s attention because of Ellen DeGenere’s featured comedy, human-interest stories, and celebrity and musical guests. Ellen may not have obtained Oprah’s amount success yet, but she definitely has her own hosting style that works and attracts people.  

Anderson Cooper, who is the head anchor for the CNN news show “Anderson 360°,” premiered as a talk show host when “Anderson” aired on September 12th, receiving mixed reviews.

Katie Couric announced that she will launch her own talk show, “Katie,” in September of 2012 on ABC. In an interview with ABC news, Couric said the show, which is still in development, “will be topical, fun and cover the important issues of the day.” Couric herself makes her show sound just like any other talk show.

Rosie O’Donnell, who has already had experience with her own show, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” which ran from 1996 to 2002, will also return to daytime television. Her new talk show “The Rosie Show” will premiere Oct. 10 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. In an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter,”  O’Donnell said, “It’s not going to be your average show where three celebrities come on promoting something,” she explains. “It’s going to be one celebrity per show, and they’re going to have something to talk about.”

    If they want to compete, Anderson, Couric, and O’Donnell will have to bring their own unique style to the table. Viewers want something new, something different. We are these shows’ biggest critics, and we determine who will sink, and who will swim.

We decide who will be the next Oprah, and who will be the next Springer.