Anderson Cooper might be my favorite newsman working today. So it is unfortunate that his daytime talk show, Anderson Live, was not renewed for a third season today by Warner Brothers.
The show, which has never been a ratings powerhouse, attempted to rebrand itself heading into its second-season, but the ratings didn't take off. It will continue to be produced through this coming summer, when it will bid television sets farewell.
"We are extremely proud of Anderson and the show that he and the entire production team have produced," read a Warner Brothers statement. "While we made significant changes to the format, set and produced it live in its second season, the series will not be coming back for a third season in a marketplace that has become increasingly difficult to break through. We will continue to deliver top-quality shows throughout next summer.
Cooper, who hosts CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, released a statement saying that, "I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons," he said. "I am also grateful to Telepictures for giving me the opportunity, and indebted to viewers, who have responded so positively. I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I'm sorry we won't be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it."
I blame Steve Harvey. Curse you, Steve Harvey!