By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
So what did you think of Katie, Ms. Couric’s new talk show? I have mixed feelings about it.
Couric herself doesn’t bother me. Au contraire — we should be proud that daytime television, which marginalizes older women, is spotlighting a 55-year-old. Katie’s usual intelligence does shine through on the show. Plus she’s the real deal as a journalist, a terrific interviewer. She has the professional acumen to ask the difficult questions — on her first show she asked Sheryl Crow if she knew about Lance Armstrong’s drug use while she was dating him. (Crow copped out and said she doesn’t talk to him much anymore.)
One of the show’s main problems, though, is that so far it hasn’t measured up to the Couric intelligence. It’s been focused too much on what I call the girly-girl lightweight subjects, like weight and romance. Wasn’t the interview with shallow Jessica Simpson just a bore? Who needs yet another recommendation for Weight Watchers, as Simpson went on about her weight loss and even brought on her WW counselor. Katie gave over an entire show to a feel-good author named B’rene Brown who just burbled on for endless segments about how beneficial it is to make yourself vulnerable to romance and all in life. She was so New Age-ish and so full of hot air that the show just went on interminably.
As I’ve written, a daytime talk show shouldn’t appeal only to women. It should appeal to all people who have brains, as The View does. Katie herself seems [Read more…]