Marc Berman


The Not-So-New Kid on the Block


Although the usual flock of new talk show hopefuls — Caroline Rhea, John Edward, Ananda Lewis, Pat Bullard, Andrew Dice Clay — made the rounds at the recently concluded NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) convention in Las Vegas, it was the not-so-necessarily-new Maury Povich who took the town by storm. As one of the only two established daytime talkers showing growth — Maury and Live with Regis are each up 9 percent in households year-to-year — the rejuvenated talk show has ranked as high as No. 2 this season behind the queen of the genre, Oprah Winfrey.

"Considering this is my 10th season, you might think doing the same thing day in and day out would become tiresome," Povich tells TV Guide Online. "But since I moved over to Studios USA in the fall of 1998 (Maury was syndicated by Paramount from 1991-98), I feel like this is a brand new show."

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