The Ricki Lake Show
Posted Sep 19, 2012 @ 9:32 PM
Posted Sep 20, 2012 @ 4:47 AM
Edited by twotrey, Sep 20, 2012 @ 4:54 AM.
Posted Sep 20, 2012 @ 8:35 AM
I've always liked Ricki Lake. I haven't gotten a chance to see the show yet, but I have to say your post almost made me spit out my coffee!
Yeah, Ricki's still quite likable and a natural host, but I do think she should throw a bone to her original fans by at least doing one show a week with the old school style topics that made her such a long-running sensation back in the day: hoochie mama makeovers, guests who think they're all that, and Weave Wars. (There's a sweeps month episode: hoochie mamas who think they're all that as the test subjects for the competing hairdressers a new edition of Weave Wars...) Maury has paternity tests; Jerry has the fights; but Ricki had the market cornered on those three topics, and in her absence no one else picked them up, so she should at least toss them in the topic mix and then do her new, gentle Oprah-style subjects the rest of the week. I recognize she's a mature, thoughtful woman and that she also knows that a lot of her original viewers have similarly matured, but there's a bit of a fun zing missing this time around--exemplified by the really sedate audience members (original recipe Ricki had the *best* audience comments) and the downright *shameful* absence of the trademark "Go Ricki!" chant--not to mention she's thus far been way too female-centric this time around. A sizable male following contributed to her popularity back in the day--we men loved Weave Wars and hoochie makeovers as well. I also miss the nutty and often ridiculously long episode titles (one personal favorite: "Halter Tops, Booty Shorts and G-Strings Galore - Girl, I Can't Take Your Hoochie Look Anymore!").
Posted Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:46 AM
Lots of hoochie mama topics...those were days. Do the kids even say hoochie mama anymore?
Posted Sep 25, 2012 @ 2:30 PM
Posted Sep 25, 2012 @ 4:07 PM
Edited by TWoP Howard, Sep 25, 2012 @ 8:42 PM.
Posted Sep 25, 2012 @ 10:11 PM
I suppose if she would've stuck with that format critics possibly would've complained, but her old show really was fun.
Very fun, and it also had its own unique style and energy that no one ever duplicated, and it would still stand out today, and has actually been missed. In the run-up to her new show's debut, I was seeing posts on the social networks about how people were excited about her return, clearly hoping for the generally lighthearted party atmosphere (even when the audience members would go after guests, it always was with an air of "all in good fun") and distinctive Ricki topics that no one else covered, but she's more or less squandered all of that anticipation and good will catering so narrowly to middle of the road soccer moms and such. While looking at clips of the old show on YouTube, it really is striking how diverse the studio audience was, really covering the range of ages and ethnicities and about equal parts women and men, for any topic. (For example, I love the older caucasian ladies in the audience just having a grand old time at Hoochie Crimes of Fashion.) It'll be interesting to see how much longer she'll continue on this milquetoast path if ratings remain what they are.
Posted Sep 26, 2012 @ 8:03 AM
Posted Sep 28, 2012 @ 5:25 PM
I am so disappointed by what her new show has been so far. The topics are uninspired and uninteresting. I know that Ricki has matured and has new things that are of interest to her, but there has to be a way to mix her grown-up self with the fun she had previously. Now her show is just a carbon copy of every other mid-day ho-hum talk show and it seems it'll be here and gone quickly. I hope she'll be able to get it together and offer something that will keep the viewers coming back.
I've only seen a couple of episodes so far. IMO it's nothing but a show for (whining) pregnant women and (whining) moms who can't handle being moms. In my area she's on the same time as Katie Couric's show. I wonder how she'll do in the ratings against Katie's show.
Posted Sep 28, 2012 @ 6:50 PM
(Caught part of The Talk during the same hour but it was too formal/ stuffy)
Nice to have one host(vs a table full) with stories and topics viewers can relate to.
Posted Sep 29, 2012 @ 7:47 PM
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Edited by scarlett45, Nov 29, 2012 @ 10:20 AM.
Posted Nov 30, 2012 @ 9:32 AM
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Posted Feb 5, 2013 @ 3:50 PM
Posted Feb 5, 2013 @ 4:01 PM
I don't think Ricki would have succeeded if it were more like her 1990s show. Besides Maury, don't most of those trashy talk shows get terrible ratings?
Posted Feb 5, 2013 @ 4:40 PM
Posted Feb 6, 2013 @ 6:09 PM
It's not surprising that her show was canned. It was boring. I get that she wanted to be positive and uplifting, but she completely forgot about the viewers who tuned into her first talk show.
Posted Feb 8, 2013 @ 12:05 PM
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