Monday, September 9, 2013

Daytime TV: Fall 2013

Huge Day for Fans of Daytime Television

Jenny McCarthy
The fall TV season gets a gigantic jolt in daytime today, despite the TV season officially kicking off mid next week.

Most daytime talk shows are returning today and one of two new daytime talk shows this season, Bethenny with Bethenny Frankel and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, premieres. (The other new show, Queen Latifah, debuts next Monday.)

Here is a rundown of most of the new and returning daytime talk shows premiering today and next week.

Bethenny with one-time reality star Bethenny Frankel got a test run last summer with Ellen's executive producers running the show behind the scenes. Now, with those EPs looking on from 3,000 miles away, Bethenny kicks off her New York-based talk show mostly on her own.

The Chew (ABC, 1pm) begins season three with co-host Daphne Oz, daughter of Dr. Oz, announcing that she's prego.

The Doctors rode the wave of healthy living talk shows. But that wave is subsiding, notably with The Doctors earning itself station downgrades in a number of cities. If you like the show, you may have to search for it.

Dr. Oz is still a top-notch show with health information from Dr. Mehmet Oz. But, with sinking ratings, the doctor is trying to revive the brand. This season, Dr. Oz promises more fun. We're not exactly sure what that means, but season five begins today with embarrassing health conditions.

On Tuesday, Dr. Phil debuts its 12th season with an hour dedicated to the suicide of reality star Gia Allemand.

Ellen begins anew with Leah Remini, the recent Scientology ditcher and a celeb on this season's Dancing with the Stars.

Katie begins its second season, and we'd venture to guess its last season, with rapper Lil Wayne and Katie Couric's fiance, John Molner.

We're not sure if Live with Kelly and Michael ever truly ended its last season, but today is as good a time as any to kick off season two of Kelly Ripa joined by former NFLer Michael Strahan.

Queen Latifah's second shot at a talk show is going to be an Ellen-style show with celebrities, games and music. The show counts among its executive producers Will Smith, a first-week guest.

Next Monday, Sept. 16, Rachael Ray begins its eighth season as one of daytime TV's least appreciated shows. It's a good, well-produced show with lifestyle tips, cooking and a celebrity guest or two.

Steve Harvey was last season's surprise hit, so much so that NBCUniversal renewed it through 2016. Today, ahead of next week's premiere, Steve takes a look behind the scenes of the Chicago-based show.

The Talk (CBS, 2pm) kicks off season four with creator Sara Gilbert leading the other co-hosts in revealing never-before-told secrets. Oh, and The Mentalist's Simon Baker stops by.

The Test is a new paternity test result show hosted by comedian Kirk Fox. In most cities, it will air in blocks with similar shows like Maury and Jerry Springer.

The View (ABC, 11am) begins an all-new season with a new co-host, Jenny McCarthy, who gets a talk show after years of rumors, near misses and even Oprah giving her a shot.

Wendy Williams barely gave herself a break this summer, opting instead to stick around for mostly originals well into the hot months. Next Monday, she's back for more "How you doin'?"

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