If you’re a Harry Connick Jr. person, I’m sorry for your loss. The musician made an earnest effort to catch on in the talk-show world, but he just couldn’t find an audience. His syndicated show, “Harry,” will be coming to an end after this second season.
The episodes I saw were decent enough as far as daytime talkers go. Connick can be wooden, but his charm and warmth compensate. But it has been a tough market, with the likes of Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, and Anderson Cooper failing in their own efforts to find footing in what fancy folks call the daytime space.
Connick, meanwhile, is going to star in a stage musical version of “The Sting,” based on the 1973 movie. Connick, who helped write the music and lyrics, will play the Paul Newman role. Connick has Tony Award nominations for 2006’s “The Pajama Game” (as an actor) and 2001’s “Thou Shalt Not” (for original score).
“I have truly loved doing this show and appreciate your welcoming me into your homes every single day,” Connick said in a statement. “I’m incredibly proud of the show we produced over the past two seasons. We tried to create a safe place where families could gather to be entertained, uplifted and inspired and where we could celebrate everyday women who work hard to make our world a better place.”Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.