NBC Ready to Dump Meredith Vieira's Show in Favor of Something Similar to 'The View'
The View may be floundering over at ABC, but it seems that the concept of the show is what a few networks are now hoping to successfully replicate. NBC has taken a close look at the round-table discussion style, talk-show format, and it is now something it is actively putting together to test out. In order to make room for this kind of show on its daily schedule, it looks like Meredith Vieira's talk show is what is on the chopping block. Although it was renewed for a second season, the viewers just are not there to make it a profitable venture.
Page Six was the first to report the news, saying, "Sources tell us NBC is looking to launch a 'panel-type show' akin to The View or The Talk and is auditioning 'a slew of people for it.' The goal is to have the show ready by next year's upfront presentations. A source told us, 'NBC hasn't had a panel-type talk show in recent history. They look at the success of CBS's The Talk and The Real and want to replicate that,'" explains an insider.
NBC is currently in the process of making so many different changes to its programming -- not to mention the behind-the-scenes players -- that it almost feels perfect to throw Vieira into that mix, too, doesn't it? Do you think a talk show featuring a panel of people each day would work well for the network? It seems that a big part of ABC's problem is that it has tried to force women to play nice when they do not have the right chemistry to even work together.
Is it time to pull the plug on Vieira's show in favor of something totally different? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.