Anderson Cooper Talk Show Canceled

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October 29th, 2012


Anderson Cooper's talk show Anderson will cease production after its current season. The New York Times media decoder blog reports that Warner Brothers syndication has opted not to produce a season three.

The Warner Brothers syndication unit, Telepictures,  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.”

Added Cooper, “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.”


  • merranga

    he sullied his reputation by doing a ‘talk show'(shudders) and for what?

  • Bill Gorman

    “he sullied his reputation by doing a ‘talk show’(shudders) and for what?”

    The potential for vast piles of money?

  • AJ

    Why do celebs keep trying to start their own talk show?

    Sharon Osborne, Anderson Cooper, Jeff Probst, etc.

    1. This isn’t 1996 anymore. People don’t really care about talk shows so much anymore.

    2. You are not going to be the next Oprah. Stop trying.

    I find it pretty egotistical.

  • silvit


    Do you realize you are talking about celebrities, right? Obviously they are egotistical. ;-)

  • BJG

    Well said AJ!!!

  • Tyson

    People do care about talk shows. Especially in a post-Oprah broadcast TV landscape, there is a vacuum for someone to become the successor. The next king or queen of daytime television. Anderson Cooper is a pretender but the production costs are low and the potential to earn a lot of money is high. Therefore, expect more would-be talkers to debut in September 2013.

  • Jerry

    Tyson it aint happening that time has passed. Dr. Phil and Ellen was like the last two successful talk show and not even those two are anywhere near Oprah’s level.

    Daytime needs to get back to the soaps.

  • Ryan

    I liked the first season of the show but the second season with the new format really wasn’t all that good. I’ll miss it though.

  • rosa

    Maybe if he spent less time talking about Jersey Shore and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo…

  • AJ

    Well basically you have about 4 types of talk shows.

    1. Late Night (Letterman, etc)
    2. Daytime “interview” based (eg: Anderson, Ellen)
    3. Tabloid Trash Talk (Jerry Springer)
    4. Variety/lifestyle shows (eg: The View, The Talk, The Doctors, The Chew)

    Type 1 doesn’t affect daytime. Type 3 saw its heydey in the 1990s and has limited appeal anymore Type 4 is probably where I see the most potential, but Type 2 which is a basically a “talking head” interview based show centered around a particular host, I don’t see much potential anymore. Too boring.

  • Nick

    Good, now there’s room for Snooki to get a talk show!

  • Bill Gorman

    “Tyson it aint happening that time has passed. Dr. Phil and Ellen was like the last two successful talk show and not even those two are anywhere near Oprah’s level.

    Daytime needs to get back to the soaps.”

    Scratch a talk show hater and you’ll often find a disgruntled soap opera fan underneath.

    You don’t have to make an “Oprah” to make money in syndicated talk. Any syndicated show that’s on the air (and not in its roll out season) is making money. The ones nearer the top of the ratings are making piles of money.

  • Joseph A

    They are also trying to see if the can create a stand alone brand like Oprah ,

  • IceCreamSunday

    Maybe folks prefer the 360 type stuff from Anderson. Talk shows just don’t feel all that relevant anymore unless you’re married to your cousin/sister/father/daughter and waiting on a DNA test.

    The results are in!

  • Anon

    I agree about it not being 1996 anymore (talk shows), but it’s also not 1986 anymore (soaps).

    The locals will just find some other sitcom to syndicate or start their early local news shows an hour earlier.

  • dee

    Why would a celebrity do a talk show? I heard this comment from a producer several ago (can’t remember her name), she said that a actor/actress can make more money on a single season of a failed talk show than several successful seasons of a TV show. Wasn’t Warner Bros paying Anderson $4 million per year to host Anderson Live? And this is separate salary of the $11 million per year that CNN pays him for Anderson 360.

  • DParham

    Success in these talk shows are measured in what is given to the viewers. Much like a child viewers respond to what they can get,for example Ellen, She gives items to the guest as well as the audience and viewers. The sponsors are happy to provide.Dr Phil is a spinoff of Oprah

  • Jared

    I really like Anderson Cooper but I felt he was very unrelatable in a talk show format.

  • Sean

    I can’t say as that I’m surprised. Even though he got some good timeslots in some markets, the show always had too many segments that felt rushed and uninsightful. Also Anderson was never really comfortable talking to people in a live audience it seemed. He could probably host a talk show but not in this format and not with the poor execution his segment producers did.


    His talk show was OK for morning fodder, but 360 is where he excels & glad we won’t be losing that

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