I watched specifically and closely to see signs that they had worked on this show at all. I saw some.
Her body language was more calm and 'centered' than before. I liked the intro, with her stories about the Super Bowl (even if they kind of switched back and forth once or twice without always finishing the thought; still, 'better.') It was topical and mostly funny. I liked that, when she joked with guests, it was in response to something they said, instead of something Kathy thought of earlier that day.
I liked that Kathy had the cards in her hand and referred to them. I liked her 'hostess' pantsuit/jumpsuit. (That's what they called them back in the day; the simple outfit so the host/ess does not outshine guests.) I liked the way she actually listened when "Shep" (who is he?) was speaking, and that when he was seated, she kept him seated in the audience.
Kathy did fluff the first conversation segment. She switched from one person and one story to the next a bit too often. She was not as relaxed with three people as she had been while talking with Shep in the audience. She took her time much more with him.
Mostly, she changed topics too quickly. The audience needs a slight pause at least, to soak in a story, and we like stories with an ending. One way of letting them develop their story yet keep things moving is to bring other guests in on the one topic. (For instance, asking them all if they like to bake, or what they give as gifts.) She sort of did that by tying Lisa's big belly in with the big table in Kelly's story but it was too abstract. Mostly, too many topics, too quickly. And, a pause gives a guest a chance to interject more often, or say something new. She can still take more of a breath at times.
She really did need to let go of the Chris Colfer is 14 joke this week though. Can she not read body language? He was not amused.
I agree (and body language is something experts like Dr. Lillian Glass can easily teach her.) She did overwork the "Chris is so young" joke. But, she toned down the severity and frequency of the manic smile, for which I was grateful, and in general, seemed to be trying more. If they can just keep working harder along the path of slowing down. The host sets the pace.
The "52 and Pregnant" skit was cute but again a bit too long. I was puzzled in that I don't know who Cody is, any more than I know who Shep is.
I loved the game at the end. That was fun to watch (even if I did wince at Lisa Ling's "white trash" comment.)
I like Kelly, always did, and I like her Easter Egg hair. Had no clue who Chris was, and Lisa seemed a bit stiff per usual (but, a good sport, also per usual.) I think if they keep working hard, they could still craft a show out of this. But it's too bad these are not rehearsals for the real thing.
Wonder what happened to Irons?
Edited by ScrubMonkey, Feb 1, 2013 @ 4:06 PM.