"The Ricki Lake Show" is a casualty of the daytime talker surplus.
Twentieth Television, the show's distributor, will not renew the syndicated gabfest for the 2013-14 season; episodes will continue airing through September.
“We would like to thank Ricki Lake as well as Executive Producer Gail Steinberg and the entire staff for their work this season," Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development for Twentieth Television, said in a statement. "While we are proud of the topics the program tackled, including childhood obesity, life after the military, divorce, and addiction, we were simply not able to break through the crowded talk show marketplace.”
The show launched in September and marked Lake's return to daytime after a nine-year absence. She previously helmed successful '90s talker "Ricki Lake" -- one that often outrated daytime queen Oprah Winfrey's show. But Lake's daytime power would appear to have waned as she faced new challengers. "The Ricki Lake Show" was one of a crowd of talk shows launching last fall -- up against talkers from Jeff Probst, Katie Couric and Steve Harvey.