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Thoughts On The All-New 'Queen Latifah Show' During Its First Week On Air...

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 18, 2013 9:37 AM
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Queen Latifah Show

As I said to my colleagues, I didn't even realize that this had begun airing this week (it debuted on Monday morning here in NYC), even though it's a show we've been following since it was first announced. 

I suppose my particular issue is that I don't watch a lot of TV - certainly not in the AM, nor in the afternoon, on weekdays, which is maybe when most of the ads announcing the show's premiere would probably be running. So I could've just missed them I suppose - especially with so much else competing for one's attention.

Plus it comes on from 9am - 10am here in NYC, which, for someone like me, is maybe one of the worst hours to tune in to a daytime talkshow, as I'm usually getting prepped for another day at S&A, going through emails, reading articles, catching up on news (both film related and general) I missed since I went to sleep the night before, etc, all-while still trying to wake up with cups of coffee.

All that to say, I've yet to watch a full episode of the all-new Queen Latifah Show, which debuted on Monday. But I'm watching it right now, for the first time, as I type this, as she and guest Sharon Stone discuss how to pose on the red carpet.

I'll obviously have to watch a lot more - you know, like a few full episodes - to get a good feel for the show, before I share any reactions to it. So I'll make an effort to tune in for the rest of this week, and through next week, and then by next week Friday, I'll publish my thoughts.

In the meantime, however, feel free to share yours on what you've seen so far, assuming you've been watching since the first show.

The Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith-produced show for Sony TV got off to a strong start on Monday, ranking as the second most popular debut of a talk show since Dr. Oz debuted in 2009.

Her premiere episode guests included John Travolta and Willow Smith.

Yesterday, Will Smith and Alex Trebek were amongst her guests.

Other big name guests expected this first week include Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jamie Foxx.

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  • nikki | April 3, 2014 1:46 AMReply

    Latifah is not comfortable with her sexuality, but
    the cat is already out of the bag she needs to deal with that first then people can relate toher

  • nikki | April 3, 2014 1:45 AMReply

    Latifah is not comfortable with her sexuality, but
    the cat is already out of the bag she needs to deal with that first then people can relate toher

  • nikki | April 3, 2014 1:44 AMReply

    Latifah is not comfortable with her sexuality, but
    the cat is already out of the bag she needs to deal with that first then people can relate toher

  • Cree | January 2, 2014 3:52 PMReply

    I totally agree. Latifah's show is very boring. I've falling asleep several times trying to watch one full episode. She comes across as so stiff and fake, has no personality, and comes across as a star struck drag queen while interviewing her guests! I'd rather watch Steve Harvey or Ellen any day! Latifah needs to go back to the drawing board. This formula aint working!

  • Suzanne | December 27, 2013 4:37 PMReply

    First off I'd just like to say that I really like queen Latifah. I think generally she's been a really positive role model for women and girls. that being said her talk show is terrible (and I really wanted to like it). It's completely vapid, way too much celebrity love. I think we've all seen too many of the A list celebrities get interviewed over the years with the same questions. This show just doesn't feel genuine, it's like don't be edgy because we don't want to piss our sponsors off. Just way too bland.

  • Denise Ray | December 14, 2013 8:14 PMReply

    I've watched and the show is boring. Now that Bethany show - that was surprisingly good to me. It's all about interacting with the audience. If you can't get that down from jump , then it's a wrap. And say what you want about my girl Wendy 'cause she's doing nothing but laughing all the way to the bank!

  • Daisy | November 15, 2013 3:17 PMReply

    Tried to watch the show a few times and could not do it more than 10 minutes. Got a chance to watch a taping yesterday, since my friend got the tickets, same thing. Only this time I had to stay for the whole show. Quite painful, specially because we are supposed to look excited. I think my friend and I figured out what it is. Watching her interact with her guest is so uncomfortable. Like watching two strangers trying to keep a conversation going. Awkward!

  • emily | October 30, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    Her show is SO boring and forced, I cannot watch. I tried many times now since I do like her as a person, but there's just nothing there. I'd welcome back Anderson with open arms. I really like Katie as well (airs the hour earlier here), but even she could take some tips (stop answering her guests questions for them before they even have a chance to speak).

  • Sandy | November 7, 2013 7:34 PM

    From the first time I saw it I thought the same thing, its boring and she lacks the chemistry with the people that she is interviewing.. Her laughs seem to forced!

  • Julie | October 1, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    I've DVR'd the show since its debut and I've painfully watched it each and every day. I don't know why I still watch?! Her set is absolutely beautiful but other than that it all seems forced. Her audience always looks like they've been paid to be there and clap and cheer (forced). Her guests are definitely from Will Smiths string pulling so in turn she has forced conversations with them. She seems like she needs to take up time and doesn't really have the questions and answers to do so... What she does instead is make lots of weird and uncomfortable comments that ... Sound douchy! (For lack of a better word) I can't be the only one who feels extremely uncomfortable watching this show... Holding by breath for each awkward moment that arises... The show has such potential but it just falls flat. And also instead of giving away prizes to the studio audience (which probably isn't happening because they all seem fake) work on your personality to spice the show up! And lastly, it doesn't make a difference to me and would prefer how she's been but to many it comes off fake.. And I'm talking about her sexuality. Keep it real Latifah..

  • V | September 19, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    I agree with BFORREAL, the show feels uncomfortable and too much praising of each other. She did it with John Travolta and Sharon Stone. The show needs a little something extra. It's quite boring and I happen to like "The Queen" Maybe just not as a Talk Show Host.

  • Edwina | September 18, 2013 10:15 PMReply

    Haven't seen the new show yet but she looked terrific on Craig Ferguson last night.

  • Bforreal | September 18, 2013 8:32 PMReply

    That first episode (the interview with Travolta) was just painful. I never saw two people more uncomfortable with each other. All they did was lavish fake praise back and forward the whole time. That said, I accidentally missed the second one (with Will Smith). I'll have to find it on demand.

  • Shelley | July 4, 2014 3:36 PM

    I agree with everybody here. She just doesnt seem comfortable with "Anybody"! I just watched the show for the first time today and I doubt I will watch again. It feels way to uncomfortable. "Danish Thrones"?? What the?? That was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

  • Shelley | July 4, 2014 3:32 PM

    I agree with everybody here. She just doesnt seem comfortable with "Anybody"! I just watched the show for the first time today and I doubt I will watch again. It feels way to uncomfortable. "Danish Thrones"?? What the?? That was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

  • Ava | September 18, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    If you get TV55, which is based in Long Island, NY, I believe the show airs in the evening. Having said that, I haven't seen the show yet so I can't vouch for the exact time.
    I remembered when I lived in Brooklyn and in Manhattan, I was able to get TV55.

  • Donella | September 18, 2013 2:21 PMReply

    I've been watching. It appears to me like Latifah took notes on what didn't work on the first show, used her and the Smith's A-list connections, and studied the competition.

    I think the combination of Overbrook and Flavor Unit were smart to combine forces for production.

    Lenny Kravitz created a warm and inviting set. It looks like they're still calibrating, but both Will Smith and Queen Latifah work hard and never say die. They both have over two decades of experience and it looks like they're giving the show every thing they've got.

    She'll not want for guests, I don't believe. She's too well-connected in music, television, and film. Strongest competition is likely Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres.

    I wasn't sure how things would go since even Ricki Lake got her second try canceled, but Queen Latifah's bringing out the big guns this time around.

  • CareyCarey | September 18, 2013 11:40 AMReply

    Well, guest list aside, Queen Latifah is a dud. I am serious, listen, I've taken on a new project of putting up wallpaper in my spot. Really, I'm trying my hand at spicing up an area with what is known as textured wallpaper of the Grasscloth variety. There's hundreds of blends and varities whose surface can consists of natural fibers such as silk, straw, grass, leather, metallic leaf, bamboo, yarn, linen, string and such, which gives the surface a raised 3 dimensional look and feel.

    So I'm sitting here thinking, "Why on earth did I do that? With all these crevices, dark hiding places and ample food supply, this is nothing but an expensive bug motel". So check this, to verify my assumption I sat back in anticipation of my first uninvited guest. While doing so I had The Queen Latifah Show in my peripheral vision. And listen, waiting for spiders, roaches and crickets was more exciting and moving than watching Latifah's boring behind. I mean, Ellen Degeneres has that funny opening dance and an effervescent spirit. Wendy William has those size 60 titties and looks like a man, so she will draw attention. Monique was a loud mouth zip fool, so you know we love our unpredictable fools. But Latifah....notta, zero, there's nothing there.

    Anyway, when the E.F. Huttons of the Shadow and Act world speak, I listen. Sergio called this one:

    "Compare the guests on Queen Latifah's premiere week. Jamie Foxx, Will Smith. Alicia Keys, David Letterman to name a few. That's a killer week! ... Will is exec producing his show with Jada, it's a no brainer than he was going to be on and I assume she will too)"

    So there you have it folks, the wise and powerful has spoken. I wonder if he's up for predicting the winner of the battle between 12 Years A Slave and Lee Daniel's The Butler? Who will take home the most golden men?

  • Bforreal | September 19, 2013 11:20 PM

    LOL. You are a mess.

  • CareyCarey | September 18, 2013 10:52 PM

    Okay BFORREAL, knock it off. When you keep agree with me that tells me I've lost my touch :-)

    But for real though, as my mother would say, some black folks got too much money and they don't know what do to with it. Point is, Queen Latifah has no business hosting a talk show... and Will obviously has money to gamble with.

  • Bforreal | September 18, 2013 8:36 PM

    Yet again I agree with you 100%. We are on a roll this week. Lol. No, but for real, Queen has always been a bit boring and always seemed to shine when she had slightly more energetic, spunky co-stars. I think that's what she needs on this show: a lively, energetic counterpart. But I think if she brings more lively guests like Will Smith, the show will be all right, and she might eventually find her groove. I don't know. But that first episode was a dry as ever, although I loved what she did for the band teacher and his students. That was sweet.

  • Cammie | September 18, 2013 10:19 AMReply

    I don't dislike it... but so far I've seen nothing that makes her show different from all of the other ones. I'll watch a few more episodes before I make up my mind totally. Not that I'll be home to see any of them live, I'll have to DVR. Maybe it'll take her a while to get more comfortable, because she did seem a bit stiff. Also apparently Lenny Kravitz designed her set.

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