Monday, May 20, 2024

CNN Cancels Gayle King-Charles Barkley Show “King Charles” For Having No Viewers


“King Charles” is over, and I don’t mean the King of England.

CNN axed the Gayle King-Charles Barkley monthly show because no one knew it was on.

The network said in a statement: “King Charles has come to the end of its limited run as we announced when it launched last fall and was a great addition to CNN’s lineup, with the youngest, most affluent, and most diverse P2+ audience in its cable news time period.”

What a mess. “King Charles” was invented by Chris Licht, who was bounced by the network last year after nearly destroying it. This was his idea, and like most of them it was was bad.

So now what? CNN needs to get back to the Larry King model at 9pm. Hire someone — Chelsea Handler, maybe, or Conan O’Brien — and make 9pm a destination for high profile interviews. Larry wasn’t perfect, but if something big happened during the day you knew he’d feature it later.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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