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FABLife's Tyra Banks On The Daytime TV Audience Relates: "I Think A Lot Of Times People Feel They Have To Talk Down To The People Watching Daytime, But They're Savvy!

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Photo Credit: Disney/ABC

This morning at the ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) Summer Press Tour, the cast of the new Disney/ABC syndicated talk show series FABLife took to the stage to discuss their new series debuting this fall, and how it’s different than all the other talk shows in the daytime line-up.

The series anchored by this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards host and America’s Top Model exec, Tyra Banks, is returning to the daytime landscape.  Tyra this to say to the share to the press about her love for daytime, the way the daytime viewing audience is perceived, how FABLife will be very different than any other gabfest, and more.

Tyra on daytime talk shows:  “I grew up on daytime being at my grandma’s house watching Donahue with her, and Sally Jesse Raphael, and then later when I was in high school, Ricki Lake and then Oprah Winfrey, and the list goes on and on.  I am a big fan, and of course, produced and had my own show.  But what I noticed over time is that 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, the same segment, the same everything …  just add another new person, just add a different person, etc.”

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Tyra on the same ole’ same ole’ and lack of creativity that has hindered the day-part:  “I think what is kind of 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, and saying, “We’re just going to go all the way out, and we hope this stuff sticks.”   I feel like daytime is a little tentative.  But, I’ve got to say we ain’t scared up in here.

Tyra on on how the daytime audiences deserve better: “From our theme song, which is not a jingle, it’s a single – to our pop art on our set which is like no other daytime set – if it’s done before, we’re like make it different!  I think people deserve that in daytime.  I think many people think they can talk down to the people watching daytime, but they’re savvy.”  They deserve to be entertained and enlightened and taught.  And it doesn’t have to be the same old, same old.

FABLife also stars Chrissy Teigan, Lauren Makk, Joe Zee, and Leah Ashley.

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What do you think about Tyra’s comment son how the daytime audience is often talked down to and not being given credit for being savvy?  Are you intrigued by what the FABLife has to offer? Comment below

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Darren
Darren

I love Tyra Banks, but this show will bomb. I really want more soaps on tv. Enough with this garbage.

Charday
Charday

The promos looked stupid. Another talk show with five people, just like the View, the Talk, and now The FabLife.

mary
mary

Same dumb show as the “Awfulution” that was on 3 years ago. Same show, different name. Still dumb.

angie
angie

We deserve more soaps more escapism not more talk or “lifestyle ” shows. Didn’t she watch any soaps with her grandma I know I sure did. Soaps are what’s passed down generations. My memories are not of watching a talk show with 4 generations. Soaps are what prime time is doing right not this crap she’s talking about. I agree shows like the Chew and that other one they cancelled that took soaps place talk down to us in daytime. The chew is “Cooking for Dummies never watch it or this new show.

Benigno
Benigno

Daytime deserves diversity: Talk shows, game shows, cooking shows, children’s shows, daytime dramas, feature/lifestyle shows, and news/current affairs.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Zzzzzz. Despite what she says, it will be the same old same old. Just what the world needs … another talk show. What is there to talk about?

april
april

If u want a fun informative daytime show watch Home and Family on Hallmark.

Mo
Mo

Not interested in this show. Too many talk shows/lifestyle shows as is. They did not make a good impression on me at the Emmys.

Angelo
Angelo

This show will be cancelled in 6 months, Tyra is boring and a has been. We soap viewers want One Life To live back on the air. What else is there to talk about. LOL. Please no more talk shows period.

Linda
Linda

I like Tyra a lot, but I just do not see this show working. There are just way too many daytime talk shows on broadcast TV, and this one does not look like it will offer any original content or something that hasn’t been tried before numerous times. A saturation point has been reached, IMO. It does seem exactly like The Revolution, which failed on ABC three years ago, only with different hosts and a different name. Been there, done that. Yawn. At least this is not vulgar Jerry Springer/Maury Povich type trash, but we don’t need another lifestyle panel show like that.

As much as I wish that a new soap could be launched, the chances of that happening are virtually nil, unfortunately. If not that, what about some sort of game show revival? After all, Family Feud was brought back early last decade and now it’s at the top of the syndicated ratings with Steve Harvey as host.

Sandra
Sandra

I agree more game shows, bring back hollywood squares and press your luck. NO NO enough of the talk shows. We have too many talk shows.

Angelo
Angelo

Yes Sandra, Hollywood Squares would be wonderful. Always loved that game show.

mgb357
mgb357

maybe if Tyra talks about relavant issues, like The Planned Parethood videos…
and told the truth about most abortions taking place in black neighborhoods, then she will get an audience.

but if she is going to toe the network liberal rehashing of the news, then she will last about 6 months…

brting back the soaps………………

Benigno
Benigno

She did addressed a lot of hot and pressing issues before during her initial stint as host of the Tyra Banks Show. I could see her doing exactly just that on the side for this one.

Jeanene
Jeanene

Daytime is overloaded with talk shows. It is just too much. I can actually get some work done because I just turn the TV off. I miss my soaps. Whatever “focus group” said they wanted this type of programming is beyond ridiculous. TV execs killed the soaps only to feed a steady diet of talk shows. There is no balance, but we know it’s all about the money and not what viewers really want.

JUDY
JUDY

YOU SAID MY THOUGHTS…ALL ABOUT MONEY NOT WHAT VIEWERS WANT TO SEE…TURN THEM OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Next!

Linda
Linda

ABC/D really has a low opinion of women. We don’t need the Hollywood crowd “teaching” us how to be fabulous and beautiful. We already are. ABC/D bring back Love In The Afternoon. That would be fabulous!!!

judy
judy

If they would do a days of our lives spin off would be awesome could show doug and jullie some of justin and adrian s kids , kimbley mike horton carrie and austin the list is enless it would be wow and use some of the people from anther world as new people but that would make to much sense and game showes press your luck the match

judy
judy

game

Daisy
Daisy

Sounds aweful!

janet
janet

Same church different pew. Another talk show. I avoid the ones on now and the ones canceled recently. Sorry .Daytime fans want soaps. The networks want to put cheap shows on, sell the time to commercials. No thanks. Right now I don’t even put the TV on before 7;30 and jeopardy. I will tune in to Days when the vets return, when they leave so will I.

MissySnow
MissySnow

Good for Tyra and company, however, do we really need another talk show?!

SadFace
SadFace

These show is asinine and also happens to have co-opted the daytime showing of Jeopardy.

Audrey
Audrey

Tyra Banks’ FabLife taking the place of The Doctors is just too stupid. Did everybody at NBD take some stupid pills. Geez… move this dumb show to another time slot(like midnight) and bring back The Doctors.

Audrey
Audrey

Oops NBC not NBD… angry and typed too fast. Sorry

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