Review: Katie Couric's new show a stinkerSeptember 11, 2012 @ 5:58 am (Updated: 10:16 am - 9/11/12 )
Katie Couric and Jessica Simpson appear in the premier of Couric's new daytime talk show (AP Photo/file)
Vapidity, thy name is Couric.
Now I realize I'm not the target audience and this was only the first show for Katie Couric's new daytime endeavor, but I haven't seen a more worthless hour of televison in a long, long time.
I've never had anything against Katie Couric. She's been something of a pioneer, five years as the anchor of the CBS Evening News after 15 years at the Today Show.
She's always seemed very personable. Although she always seemed stronger with the softer side of news than with the hard-hitting stuff, she did manage to famously trip up Sarah Palin with her friendly but insistent questions about what newspapers or magazines she reads.
I also remember that she lost her husband to cancer at an early age, having to raise two very young children on her own. That also made her a very sympathetic character.
But now we have her third incarnation, as a daytime talk show host. For some reason, Couric chose Jessica Simpson as her first guest. It's supposedly a good "get" because it's her first interview since becoming a mom in May. But the conversation consisted of little more than platitudes about weight loss and motherhood.
Watch a clip of Couric's interview with Simpson:
The show is apparently so desperate for content that Couric eagerly introduced a preview, a sneak peak, of a Jessica Simpson Weight Watchers commercial! At that point, I gave up. It turns out "Katie" is really little more than an infomercial. No substance and a lot of fake laughing.
Sheryl Crow was her only other guest and although she was not quite as vapid as Jessica Simpson, very little substance came out of that interview either.
I can only hope this first show is not what the rest of the shows will be like. But I have my doubts.
By TOM TANGNEY
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