Monday, October 29, 2012

Anderson Live, Monday, October 29, 2012


BREAKING NEWS:   Anderson Cooper Talk Show Won’t Return for a Third Season
From The New York Times ~

The syndication arm of the Warner Brothers studio has decided that there will not be a third season of “Anderson,” the daily talk show hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Citing disappointing ratings, a studio executive, who insisted on not being identified because the studio had planned no official release on the decision, said on Monday that the entire talk television market has been struggling to build audiences. Mr. Cooper’s show, which is produced by Telepictures, will end after the summer of 2013.

The executive spoke because some of the stations that have been carrying Mr. Cooper’s show have begun making feelers about replacement shows, and the news was certain to leak out through one of them, the executive said.

The Warner Brothers syndication unit issued a statement on Monday:

“We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced. While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through. We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer.”

Mr. Cooper released his own statement:

“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons. I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it.”

The decision was not a reflection of any lack of faith in Mr. Cooper, the executive said, but an acknowledgement of the business realities in daytime talk television.

The studio “could have renewed the show but could not create a viable economic business model to move forward,” the executive said.

Even Katie Couric’s much anticipated new talk show has not yet emerged as a bona fide hit, the executive said. And new shows with other hosts, including Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake, have fared poorly.

But Mr. Cooper, who is also a mainstay in prime time on CNN, had been expected to be a star in daytime talk when his show started last fall. After one year with sub-par ratings, the studio and Mr. Cooper instituted a series of changes including stressing same-day tapings as often as possible to deal with breaking subjects, and a new location for the studio.

Mr Cooper was on assignment for CNN in New Jersey Monday, covering Hurricane Sandy.



Anderson's co-host today was Ashleigh Banfield. Enjoy the 'First 15' ~

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TOPIC SEGMENTS:  Disaster preparedness and the latest on Hurricane Sandy




And more details on the "Breaking News" from Broadcasting & Cable

'Anderson Live!' Will End Run After This SeasonShow to remain in production through March
 By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/29/2012 1:35:39 PM

Warner Bros.' Anderson Live!, which was retooled this fall to try to keep it on the air, will end its run after this season, Warner Bros. executives told stations starting on Friday and executive producer Terence Noonan told the staff this morning. The show, which stars CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, will remain in production through March and stay on the air through its second season.

"I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons," said Cooper in a statement. "I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I'm sorry we won't be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it."

"We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced," said a Warner Bros.' spokesman also in a statement. "While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through. We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer."

Next season, Warner Bros. will roll out Bethenny, starring Real Housewife and Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel, to stations across the country, with the Fox-owned stations serving as the launch group.

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear this, but sorry for Anderson. I did not like his daytime talk show. Now he can focus on CNN more, hopefully reverting 360º back to the way it used to be. This will give CNN the opportunity to change their prime time line up again.

steph said...

I think we all saw this coming. Which is not to say I didn't enjoy Anderson Live, because I did. A lot. I loved seeing the sassy side of Anderson on a daily basis.

I'm looking forward to the remaining episodes of the season and hope Anderson can end the show in style.

Just a couple more months and then he can finally catch up on some sleep. Because you can say what you want about the show, Anderson has been working his ass off.

Anonymous said...

Anderson followed his bliss a little too much.
His show was awful and he should have been canned last year.
Now he's in NJ!
Why wasn't he in NJ when Gov. Chris Christie took COLA away from all the teachers!
Where was he then?
Why wasn't he in Wisconsin when all the teachers and other public servants were demonstrating, and lost their bargaining rights??
No fame got the better of him and this, unfortunately is what happens to someone who thinks the world is at his feet.
He used to 'work his ass off.'
Then he got the idea that whatever Kelly was doing was a whole lot easier.
Surprise!!

Anonymous said...

While I realize Anderson is a hard worker, I am not sorry that his show was cancelled.
It needed to be and if he had been anyone else it would have canceled last year.
I find it ironic that it was a hurricane that made him a star and another hurricane that made him a lesser one.
He will have no trouble on tv IF he sticks with the NEWS.
He made the big mistake of being caught up with his own celebrity and viewers, quite frankly, wanted him to report live, in the field.
He is not a show host and he could not make the transition.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Bethenny Frankle wasn't trying out for second banana.
She and Warner Brothers were trying out for first place and maybe that's why Anderson took his disappointment and anger out on Teresa of NJ Housewives.
I had said Teresa should have a talker because rule #1, women like to watch other women.
Just look at Katie and yes, she will be renewed....just a prediction.

aries moon said...

I guess there will be folks on this site who are thrilled about AC's show being canceled and not because they want him doing news only but because they get off on seeing him fail PERIOD. No the talk show wasn't the greatest, but I was starting to enjoy Anderson being playful and open about his sexuality, he was relaxed, funny and comfortable and it was fun to see that side of him come out on the show--it DOES mean that he can co-host with Kelly Ripa again if he wants. I get kind of irritated with Anderson on AC360 these days, the lighter side of Anderson on the talk show gave me a break from the anger I sometimes have when he's covering politics and the President and I could just watch it and enjoy his personality--I will miss that aspect of the talk show.

Anonymous said...

@aries moon: I for one, am not glad he failed as a talk show host.
It was the wrong venue for him and anyone who knows show biz, including Oprah herself, knew it was wrong.
We all have lighter sides to us.
That does not mean we can make a living out of it.
He just proved he is mortal, and subject to failure, like anyone else.
His friend Andy Cohen couldn't be a journalist. But he wouldn't suddenly drop everything to become another Jon Stewart.
Sometimes our own egos are our worst enemies.

ACAnderFan said...

I am not surprised the talk show is being canceled. Frankly I am surprised it lasted this long. The changes they made this year were only cosmetic changes. The topics were still the same as last year, with most topics heavily focusing on TLC shows. Maybe Anderson will be able to focus more on 360 and try to make it better.

aries moon said...

There's nothing wrong with trying different things even if you don't succeed at it. I admire AC for trying to stretch and grow, you're not required to do only one thing in life. He gave it a shot, took a risk, so it didn't work but I think a lot more of people like AC who reach for more in life. He'll go on and survive all of this.

Anonymous said...

Everyone should read Andy Cohen's book. The title is misleading and the beginning about his growing up and sending post cards from camp to his mother, is plain boring.
We all went to camp and sent post cards, nothing new in that.
However, he was told that he could never be in front of the camera because he was 'cross-eyed' and no one would watch him. That did not deter him.
So he became a producer/director, even was a mail clerk at some point. All he knew was he wanted to be in television.
BUT he had vision. He had this idea about women talking about one another and promoted it. He had studied marketing.
He was never interested in anything being about him. It just turned out that way.
Sometimes when you least expect it, things happen.....and sometimes they don't when you try tooo hard to be something your not.

Anonymous said...

Well, he tried.
I agree with the 'worked his ass off' comment. Anderson worked very hard to make the daytime show work, no doubt about that. However, television is a fickle difficult business and sometimes the results aren't what you hoped for. Anderson's comment on this was gracious and perfect.

Nontheless, I'm glad Anderson will be able to devote more time to 360.

I don't agree with announcing the end of 'Anderson Live' at this point. Both articles posted by ATA state the show will continue and finish its second season. I feel many viewers will decide not to watch, not become a fan because they know the show will be gone next summer. Why not wait until spring to announce this news?

I watched the 'First 15' clip. Ashleigh Banfield did a great job as co-host for today. Kudos to the three audience members for showing up. Loved Terrance's real cute doggie in a raincoat. The content was indeed breaking news and there was good relevant information.

Years from now, Anderson will look back at his daytime show as an awesome learning experience.

Jaanza

Anonymous said...

Most of the time I don't get to see Anderson's daytime show, but have enjoyed most of the First 15 minutes that ATA has graciously posted for us everyday. any of the other clips that readers would request.

I did have to chuckle that the first time I got to see the new season was yesterday and there were 3 people in the audience and that was before I heard the news of his cancellation. Now it seems like it was an omen.

I feel like he tried to do it all. Like he was afraid to have any down time.

I too feel like his comments were very eloquent and maybe he should think about going back and doing some writing for magazines.

My heart goes out to all of those in the path of this storm and devastation.

Thank you

Anonymous said...

I will miss Anderson's daytime show. Anderson is so eloquent and classy especially compared to the other daytime hosts. He just stands out. I know it shouldn't bother me, but the fact that Kelly Ripa gets paid $20Million dollars a year is unbelievable. She is funny, but a simpleton.

Anonymous said...

@11:34AM: I had to address your remark that Kelly Ripa was in your estimation'a simpleton.'
Anyone who is able to make 20 million dollars a year, is no simpleton.
I know that sounds simplistic, but
SHE KNOWS HOW TO MARKET HERSELF.
If you ever took economics 101, which obviously you haven't, the key to success, in any business is marketing your product. EX: the late, great, Steve Jobs.
Anderson is a good example of having knowledge, being educated, but not having one clue as to how to market his expertise.
In fact, he doesn't even realize what his expertise IS.
For him, it is writing and reporting the news.
He wanted to be in front of the camera all the time, just like his friends Kelly and Andy, but we all don't have the 'gift of gab,' which is why Kelly Ripa, deserves her millions.