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Is This The Face Of The Next Big Thing On U.S. Daytime Television?

Shadow and Act By Emmanuel Akitobi | Shadow and Act March 26, 2012 at 6:47PM

She's no Oprah, but she's coming to a TV near you . . . and things could get interesting, to say the least.
Trisha Goddard
Trisha Goddard

She's no Oprah, but she's coming to a TV near you . . . and things could get interesting, to say the least.

A few weeks ago, NBCUniversal announced the addition of a fourth daytime talk show to their rotation, to be produced at the Connecticut-based Stamford Media Center.  That new show will be hosted by Trisha Goddard, and her weekday talk show, Trisha, will be the newest addition to several daytime talk shows already produced in Stamford, including The Jerry Springer Show, The Steve Wilkos Show, and Maury.

So just who is Trisha Goddard?

Well, Goddard started her climb to fame as a television reporter, and was the first black anchorwoman on Australian television.  That led to her being offered her own TV show, simply called Trisha Goddard, back home in England.

Connecticut-based reports that Goddard was known as the "queen of chat" in the United Kingdom, will use her conflict-resolution skills to help people navigate challenging issues.

Goddard's show in England was on the air for four years (first on ITV, and then on Channel 5) before it was cancelled, after Goddard revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.


But Goddard is now free of cancer and ready to get back to doing what it is she loves to.

In a recent interview with Hello!, Goddard told the publication, "Cancer has definitely changed me. I love what I do - I love connecting with people, whether it's in the street or on television - but I'm far more relaxed about it all now; I'm not some career-driven beast these days.  I used to live everywhere but in the "here and now". I live in the "now" these days.  I really do."

The question now is, "Can Goddard be a success in the already-crowded daytime TV game here in America?"

She'll have to compete with the likes of Ghetto Court (I kid!), Judge Judy, Ellen, Jerry, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, and Maury.  And that's not even considering the upcoming Steve Harvey daytime talk-show, which will likely have a built-in audience from his popular morning radio-show.

It's not going to be easy.  But before we count her out, did I mention that Goddard has a slight advantage to work with?  I found out that Goddard is not that new to U.S. audiences, after all.

For a taste of what to expect when Trisha hits the air, check out the below clip of Goddard, from when she served as a guest host on Maury:

"You put your shoes on sweetie, or I ain't reading the results!"

Looks like Trisha Goddard is in the success-proven business of airing folks' dirty laundry.  And if she follows the current Maury format, Trisha is likely to be a popular show, because we know how folks like some Maury.

Like I said before, this likely isn't going to be The Oprah Winfrey Show.  But I'm definitely interested to see what it actually turns out to be.

Will you be watching?

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