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Are talk shows the new reality show?

I was so surprised when I got an email to attend a taping of the Ice & Coco show. At first I thought about why they would need or want an audience to follow them around their reality show. Then I realized it’s a talk show (don’t judge me, I have a newborn). Sure enough, the longtime couple have a Facebook page dedicated to their new endeavor. Ice & Coco premieres August 3 in select cities.

Their show quickly made me think about Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker’s new talk show, The Boris & Nicole Show, that aired this week. Did anyone else remember to watch? I know I forgot.

No one should be shocked at celebrities, their desire to expand their brand and fight to stay relevant for another 15 minutes. Fame doesn’t always last, which is one of the reasons why they pursue outside ventures, like perfumes and clothing. I’ll be the first to admit that I watch a reality show or two, but talk shows — where you actually have to have an opinion backed by some facts or thought-provoking material — are a completely different story. It’s an arena that not everyone can handle, demonstrated by the amount of celebs who’ve tried and failed. Let’s see, there was Kris Jenner, Bethenny Frankel, Magic Johnson and Queen Latifah to name a few. Heck, even Vanessa Huxtable (Tempsett Bledsoe) had a daytime talk show.

It seems like everyone wants a talk show of their own.

I’m a firm believer in pursuing your dreams and taking opportunities that come your way — provided they enhance and not tarnish your brand. After all, don’t all of us want to be credible in what we do? Who knows, maybe Ice and Coco’s new talk show will be a hit. I enjoyed their E! reality show (Ice Loves Coco) and picked up a trick or two I can use in my marriage (kidding… or maybe not). As for The Boris & Nicole Show, preliminary ratings reveal things are off to a great start. In addition to talking about life and marriage, the actors also feature inspiring stories and interviews with celebrities.

Do you think more celebrities should jump into the talk show game, or would you like to see them interviewed on the couch?

I guess it depends on the individual celebrity and what they bring to the table. There are some who provide a surprising breath of fresh air compared to programs currently on television. Ellen DeGeneres is a great example when you consider she was a comedian and actress before her days as an Emmy award-winning host. Steve Harvey is another celebrity talk show host who’s seen great success with his TV show.

From the look of things, this “trend” of celebrity talk show hosts will only grow over time. As with a reality show, if there are enough viewers to keep advertisers interested, networks will continue to reach out to public figures who might be able to capture eye balls.

Do you have a celebrity you’d love to see host a talk show? If so, who is it?

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