Five new shows represent the knock-down, drag-out of early fall. Here's the run down on those shows, when they premiere and who we think will come out on top when it's all said and done.
So how will it fare? We think Katie will come out on top - but only if Couric can easily transition between girl next door and serious journalist. The ability to dish and debate is Couric's strength. If she pulls that off in the daytime format, she'll be unstoppable.
So how will it fare? Honestly, Harvey could be the break out star of the 2012 season - easily. If he shares his honest opinion - and there's nothing to suggest he won't - the show could soar. After all, it was Harvey who, in 2009, told viewers of The Tyra Banks Show that women shouldn't date atheist men. He suggested that someone with an atheistic view would have no "moral barometer." That's the kind of talk that gets shared around the water cooler.
So how will it fare? This is a tricky one. Lake is sure to secure the Gen X audience up front, as (ahem) those of us of that age bracket reminisce about our grunge and Hairspray days. But will her new style hold that audience? Then again, is there any other daytime talk show truly geared at Gen Xers? It may be that Lake is doing what she did in the first place - speaking to a neglected audience.
So how will it fare? Sorry, Jeff, but this might be one season and out. It's a crowded field, and unless Lake or Harvey falter, there may not be room for a Survivor. Maybe - maybe - two seasons.
So how will it fare? We've seen the tabloid stuff a million times before. But if Goddard knows how to play that music, she could be around for a while.
So why is Live in this list of new shows? Because, with Strahan, the show essentially relaunches as a new entity - and an unknown entity. How will the chemistry between Strahan and Ripa play out? Match made in heave? Or conflict behind the scenes? Does the audience change? Does it skew younger? What about the set? Where is the sucker goin'? It's all fascinating and could proved to give all these new shows a run for their money.