Talk show host criticizes daytime for being too "tentative"

Posted Wednesday, August 05, 2015 9:48:38 AM
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FABLife host Tyra Banks has a thing or two to say about daytime, one of which is that the industry as a whole should probably be taking a helluva lot more risks. Do you agree?

Nobody ever said daytime television was boring. Well, until now — sort of. Tyra Banks, host of the upcoming ABC talk show FABLife, thinks the industry could pull a few more strings in the risk department and take the overall excitement factor up a notch.

The former model opened up at the ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour this week, calling herself a huge fan of daytime with some ideas on how to make the industry even bigger and better. "I feel that from a producing standpoint, shows have the same kind of content, the same-looking set, maybe a little different colors, same kind of theme song, same segment, the same everything," she opined, adding that FABLife will definitely be breaking the mold. "I think what is hurting daytime right now is not enough innovation. When I look at primetime and look at How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal or what Netflix is doing with Orange Is the New Black, or what Amazon Prime is doing with Transparent... They're taking chances, they're taking risks, [they're] saying, ‘We're just going to go all the way out, and we hope this stuff sticks.'"

And that's the kind of attitude she wishes the entire genre would adopt. "I feel like daytime is too tentative," she stated. "It doesn't have to be the same old, same old."

In addition to hosting a former two-time Emmy-winnng talk show called The Tyra Banks Show, Banks' experience in the industry also includes being host of the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards. Her upcoming daytime talk show, FABLife, premieres this fall on ABC.

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