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Forgotten Talk Shows

"The Joan Rivers Show" (1969)

by Anonymousreply 16212/05/2012

Morton Downey Jr.

Phil Donahue my personal fave.

by Anonymousreply 112/01/2012

The Tempestt Bledsoe Show.

The Richard Bey Show.

That British guy Gordon What'shisname.

by Anonymousreply 212/01/2012

The Bonnie Hunt Show

Best interview EVER

Pepe the King Prawn

by Anonymousreply 312/01/2012


The Fran Drescher Tawk Show

by Anonymousreply 412/01/2012

Girl Talk with Virginia Graham and her swooshie flip made me gay.

by Anonymousreply 512/01/2012

Stanley Siegel, Bill Boggs and Jeanne Parr

by Anonymousreply 612/01/2012

Richard Bay Show!!!! I used to love that shit.

by Anonymousreply 712/01/2012

Rolonda!!! Remember her? She was so classy! And The Charles Perez show. He used to be classy but low ratings pushed him to go trashy and that was his demise.

by Anonymousreply 812/01/2012

Gordon Elliot, r2. He was Australian

by Anonymousreply 912/01/2012

The Charles Perez Show

by Anonymousreply 1012/01/2012


Did Marilu Henner have a talk show?

by Anonymousreply 1112/01/2012

Bill Boggs was kind of a block of wood, but he was hunky.

Richard Bey did a number of gratuitous beefcake shows which stimulated my childish libido.

by Anonymousreply 1212/01/2012

Dinah Shore

Mike Douglass

by Anonymousreply 1312/01/2012

What's an Oprah?

by Anonymousreply 1412/01/2012

Don't think Dinah and Mike's shows were at the level we're discussing here. Too classy and lasted too long. Loved them.

by Anonymousreply 1512/01/2012

Woody Woodbury

Susan Powter

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by Anonymousreply 1712/01/2012

Caroline Rhea

Megan Mullally

by Anonymousreply 1812/01/2012

Jane Pauley

by Anonymousreply 1912/01/2012

Dr. Joy Brown

"Forgive or Forget" hosted by Mother Love before she was fired and replaced by Robin Givens

by Anonymousreply 2012/01/2012

The Katie Couric Show!

by Anonymousreply 2112/01/2012


The Sharon Osbourne Show

Lauren Hutton and ...


by Anonymousreply 2212/01/2012

The Joe Pyne Show from the 60s (kind of a prototype for Morton Downey Jr. or Limbaugh - he was a conservative blowhard). Like Morton, Pyne was a heavy smoker and died of lung cancer at 45 in 1970.

by Anonymousreply 2312/01/2012

Marsha Warfield

by Anonymousreply 2412/01/2012

Jane Whitney. What ever happened to her?

by Anonymousreply 2512/01/2012

Ricki Lake - two separate times.

by Anonymousreply 2612/01/2012

Marilyn Kagan

Bertice Berry

Dennis Prager

by Anonymousreply 2712/01/2012

Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea on 90210, OG) Mark Wahlberg (not Marky Mark, but the one who now hosts Antiques Road Show)

by Anonymousreply 2812/01/2012

Joe Pyne had Frank Zappa on his show and since Frank's hair was long, Joe kept asking Frank if he was a girl. Finally Frank got tired of this, pointed to Joe's wooden leg, and asked, "Are you a table?"

The producer broke for a commercial and when the show resumed, Frank was gone.

by Anonymousreply 2912/01/2012

The Larry Sanders Show.

by Anonymousreply 3012/01/2012

Mother Love also had a regular late night talk show on Fox that was pulled after a week in some markets.

by Anonymousreply 3112/01/2012

Faith Daniels

Carny Wilson

Tempest Bledsoe

Gordon Elliot

Ainsley Harriott

Shirley Solomon

by Anonymousreply 3212/01/2012

The Faith Daniels Show. Loved her on NBC; classy newswoman.

by Anonymousreply 3312/01/2012


Gypsy Rose Lee

by Anonymousreply 3412/01/2012

Richard Bey---the only talk show in history where the audience was trashier than the trashiest guest

by Anonymousreply 3512/01/2012

Sally Jesse


Jenny Jones

Susan Powter

Magic Johnson


Howie Mandel

Martin Short

Tony Danza

Wayne Brady

Queen Latifah (She's back next year with another one.)

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus with Cybill Shepherd

Dr. Laura

by Anonymousreply 3612/01/2012

One for the oldies:

The very hot and hunky Les Crane whose talk show in the 1960s actually rivalled Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show in popularity for a brief time.

He married Tina Louise and disappeared.

by Anonymousreply 3712/01/2012

Don't forget Tom Snyder!

He was kind of hunky when he was young, too!

by Anonymousreply 3812/01/2012

R28 Walberg, not Wahlberg. He's now the host of "Antiques Roadshow."

Chevy Chase

Magic Johnson

by Anonymousreply 3912/01/2012

That 90's show "Vibe" with Chris Spencer as a host. Notable only for a guest appearance by Sandra Bernhard where she grabbed the mike from Chris and started to sing En Vogue's "Don't Let Go" a capella.

by Anonymousreply 4012/01/2012

Arsenio Hall

by Anonymousreply 4112/01/2012

About the time I was over Oprah, Rolanda Watts wandered into my living room. Don't recall why, but I loved her!

by Anonymousreply 4212/01/2012

They should play that Joan Rivers clip alongside something from "Fashion Police" as a warning to everyone.

by Anonymousreply 4312/01/2012

"The Ananda Lewis Show," "The Whoopi Goldberg Show," "The Arsenio Hall Show," "The Chevy Chase Show" -- I actually watched all these, even staying up for the premiere of Chase's show 'cause he had on Whoopi and Goldie Hawn, whom I fell in love the previous year with "Sister Act" and "Death Becomes Her," respectively.

by Anonymousreply 4412/01/2012

Didn't Oprah's pal Gail have a daytime talk show way back in the day?

by Anonymousreply 4512/01/2012

George Hamilton and his ex Alana had one that was surprisingly not that bad.

Lauren Hutton's one-on-one talk show was superb and way ahead of it's time. Stylish and looked like it should have been on Ovation instead of late night syndication.

by Anonymousreply 4612/01/2012

It seems like every imaginable Z-lister and hasbeen was getting a shot at a talk show in the mid-90s.

by Anonymousreply 4712/01/2012

Gayle had two talk shows. From wiki:

King briefly cohosted an NBC daytime talk show with Robin Wagner called Cover to Cover until it was cancelled. She was married to Bill Bumpus, an attorney and an assistant attorney general in Connecticut, from 1982 to 1993. In 1997 she was offered her own syndicated talk show, The Gayle King Show, which was later cancelled due to low ratings.

by Anonymousreply 4812/01/2012

I certainly didn't know Joan Rivers had a 1969 talk show. It was a syndicated daytime show that didn't last long. The set looks odd, but it's interesting that their conversation does sound like familiar daytime chat, the formula for that type of show was already in place so long ago.

Joan had a 2nd daytime talk-show in the early 90s that ran for 5 yrs and won her an Emmy. She said she walked away from it, it wasn't cancelled, according to her.

by Anonymousreply 4912/01/2012

Mike and Maty

by Anonymousreply 5012/01/2012

I used to think Charles Perez was so cute when he had his show. Years later I was excited to learn he was a gay man, but then not so impressed when it seemed like he's kind of crazy and definitely spiteful.

by Anonymousreply 5112/01/2012

Dennis Miller Live

Entertainers! With Byron Allen

Crook and Chase

Current show that's already forgotten: "Marie" on the Hallmark Channel

by Anonymousreply 5212/01/2012

Erika Kane's The Cutting Edge.

by Anonymousreply 5312/01/2012

Naomi Judd (it was on some Christian channel)

Whoopi Goldberg one-on-one (she had one guest for half an hour)

That show that replaced "One Life to Live" on ABC with Tim Gunn, Ty Pennington and some fish...

by Anonymousreply 5412/01/2012

[quote]Joan had a 2nd daytime talk-show in the early 90s that ran for 5 yrs and won her an Emmy. She said she walked away from it, it wasn't cancelled, according to her.

I've never heard of this show. She had the nighttime show on Fox that ended in 1987, but unless it was local, I don't think she had her own show after that.

by Anonymousreply 5512/01/2012

Thicke of the Night

by Anonymousreply 5612/01/2012

Home/The Home Show (Gary Collins et. al.)


The Pat Sajak Show

Shatner's Raw Nerve

The Wayne Brady Show

by Anonymousreply 5712/01/2012

Did Tammy Faye Bakker have a talk show? with Jim J Bullock?

Am I imagining that?

by Anonymousreply 5812/01/2012

You can tell by that Rolanda clip at R22 that she clearly went to the Oprah School of Diction and Dress.

by Anonymousreply 5912/01/2012


Joan has had THREE talk shows:

"THAT Show with Joan Rivers" from the late 60s - it's actually available on DVD.

Her late-night Fox talk show

"The Joan Rivers Show" which started in 1989 and ran on the NBC network daytime for 5 years.

by Anonymousreply 6012/01/2012

Ed Nelson, best known as Dr. Rossi on Peyton Place, had a talk show that ran on ABC stations in around 1970.

by Anonymousreply 6112/01/2012

Donny and Marie

by Anonymousreply 6212/01/2012

R58 Yes! Good one! "Jim J. and Tammy Faye."

by Anonymousreply 6312/01/2012

Keenan Ivory Wayans

by Anonymousreply 6412/01/2012

Livin' it up with Ali and Jack

by Anonymousreply 6512/01/2012

Dinah Shore had a popular show in the 70's. It was superbly parodied on "SCTV"

by Anonymousreply 6612/01/2012

I loved Midday Live with Bill Boggs. Thought he was very hot when he was young.

by Anonymousreply 6712/01/2012

The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show

by Anonymousreply 6812/01/2012

Sally Jessy Raphael

Montel Williams

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by Anonymousreply 7012/01/2012

The Doris Day program where Rock Hudson famously (because it was the first time he publicly looked so sickly) appeared shortly before his death. Was that a regular talk show or was it like a special about her pets?

I'd never seen the program except for the clip with Rock.

by Anonymousreply 7112/01/2012

Has everyone forgotten "Rolanda?!?!?"

by Anonymousreply 7212/01/2012

Life with Linkletter, where Art shares the spotlight with son Jack and daughter Diane.

by Anonymousreply 7312/01/2012

^ That was [italic]Doris Day's Best Friends.[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 7412/01/2012

R72 Have you forgotten how to read? It's been mentioned NUMEROUS times.

And it's ROLONDA.

by Anonymousreply 7512/01/2012

Rolonda does voiceovers for Judge Joe Brown.

by Anonymousreply 7612/01/2012

Most of these shows *are* forgotten, but some people seem to think "forgotten talk show" is any talk show that isn't currently airing. It's supposed to be shows that were never popular, and came and went so fast people truly don't remember them. So to list 80s/90s juggernauts like Sally Jesse, Geraldo, Ricki, and Jenny Jones is ridiculous, or even really old hit shows like Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore. I might also object to listing Arsenio Hall which was a huge hit for 4 yrs. Then he had to face direct competition from David Letterman and a flurry of other talk-shows debuting in his 5th year, which killed the show.

by Anonymousreply 7712/01/2012

R75 = extremely angry president of the Cedar Rapids Rolonda Fan Club.

by Anonymousreply 7812/01/2012

"But, Seriously ... Phil Collins"

by Anonymousreply 7912/01/2012

Toni Tenille used to have her own talk show.

by Anonymousreply 8012/01/2012

Morton Downey Jr. Show

It was the first openly contentious talk show of my youth. I couldn't believe all that shouting was allowed on TV.

It was the precursor to trash talk shows that now permeate daytime television.

by Anonymousreply 8112/01/2012

Thicke of The Night

by Anonymousreply 8212/01/2012

John McEnroe

by Anonymousreply 8312/01/2012

Dr. Joyce Brothers: Living Easy

Barbara Walters: Not for Women Only

Kup's Show (Irv Kupcinet)

John Davidson Show

Rick Dees Show

David Brenner Show

Caryl and Marilyn

by Anonymousreply 8412/01/2012

How about that 70's talk show "Every Day". Attractive cast and light, fun entertainent.

John Davidson had a talk show where he incinerated his guest Rex Reed for not liking "Airplane" (this was about 1980) and then muttered to the audience: "I, for one, don't like being told what I should see".

by Anonymousreply 8512/01/2012

Della Reese hosted a syndicated afternoon talk show in the early 1970's.

by Anonymousreply 8612/01/2012

Fernwood Tonight

by Anonymousreply 8712/01/2012

George and Alana (The ex Mrs Hamilton-Stewart with her ex Mr. Hamilton)

Jim J. and Tammy Faye (Jim J Bullock from Too Close for Comfort and the ex Mrs Baker)

by Anonymousreply 8812/01/2012

Hot Seat with Wally George was a guilty pleasure when I was a kid. He was a crazy conservative and the father of actress Rebecca De Mornay.

by Anonymousreply 8912/01/2012

Charles Perez now:

by Anonymousreply 9012/01/2012

Attitudes with Linda Dano and that other chick

by Anonymousreply 9112/01/2012

Musky Treasures with Donna Reed (1957)

by Anonymousreply 9212/01/2012

The SNL parody of Attitudes with Jan Hooks and Nora Dunn was really funny.

by Anonymousreply 9312/01/2012

Wow, before Tom Cruise, Rosie was acting like she was straight for Greg Louganis in a speedo.

by Anonymousreply 9412/01/2012

Over Easy with Hugh Downs and Mary Martin (a talk show for seniors)

One on One with John Tesh (after he left Entertainment Tonight)

For Women Only, with Polly Bergen

Not for Women Only, with Barbara Walters

Girl Talk, with Virginia Graham (that was on mornings on NBC for YEARS)

by Anonymousreply 9512/01/2012

The Leeza Gibbons Show

by Anonymousreply 9612/01/2012

In high school, one of my classmates flew out to L.A. because his mom was appearing on The Leeza Gibbons Show. He was hot, but since he was poor white trash he tended to be shunned.

by Anonymousreply 9712/01/2012

R83, I remember back when his show was on the air, the CNN crawler ran a headline that read something like: "For second time, John McEnroe's talk show registers 0.0 with Nielsen."

by Anonymousreply 9812/01/2012

R61, why was his mom on Leeza?

by Anonymousreply 9912/01/2012

Ugly Betty

by Anonymousreply 10012/01/2012

R99: She was meeting her birth father for the first time...or maybe she was reuniting with her estranged father. Regardless, it was my classmate's first time meeting his grandfather.

by Anonymousreply 10112/01/2012

Ooops, the title says TALK shows. My bad.

by Anonymousreply 10212/01/2012

Vicki!--the Vicki Lawrence talk show

In this episode the cast of Mama's Family has a reunion

by Anonymousreply 10312/01/2012

OMG, R91 - I remember that show. And that interview with Rosie! The hair!!! Whatever happened to Dano?

by Anonymousreply 10412/01/2012

I was on Jenny Jones!

by Anonymousreply 10512/01/2012

We know, R105.

by Anonymousreply 10612/01/2012

My cousin's other gay cousin was on Forgive or Forget during Robin Givens' stint as host. He and his boyfriend manufactured a story to get on air.

by Anonymousreply 10712/01/2012

Soap Talk with Ty Treadway and Lisa Rinna that aired on SoapNet.

I was a fan of a model who later became a soap star on OLTL and so I went to see the show just for him. .

by Anonymousreply 10812/01/2012

Not exactly a talk show but does anybody else remember Public People, Private Lives? It was a celebrity interview show hosted by Sarah Purcell.

by Anonymousreply 10912/01/2012

Mo Gaffney had a talk show called 'The Mo Show' that ran for a season.

by Anonymousreply 11012/02/2012

"How about that 70's talk show "Every Day". Attractive cast and light, fun entertainent."

One of the hosts was John Bennett Perry, father of Matthew . . . and much hotter than his son.

by Anonymousreply 11112/02/2012

Marilu Henner

The Other Half with Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce, Mario Lopez, and the doctor who killed Kanye's mom

by Anonymousreply 11212/02/2012

I Hulu'ed 'That Joan Rivers Show'. It's not bad. I am fascinated about how the talk shows from the 60s and 70s seem like actual 'talk' shows. You know, people having a conversation, not just scripted PR approved stories and shilling.

by Anonymousreply 11312/02/2012

Does anyone remember The Lives We Live.

Not sure if it was local or national, but it was daytime in the early 1980s. Three women, (a WASP, a Jew, and someone else) met in each others "homes" and had coffee an discussed issues before a guest came over to talk about that issue.

I remember when two of the women ganged up on the WASP because she was uncomfortable with gay rights and a gay rights activist was coming over. The New York Jew loved the gays of course.

by Anonymousreply 11412/02/2012

Found a link about the show

by Anonymousreply 11512/02/2012

Tyra was touted as the Oprah of a new, even more self-involved generation, but her talk show didn't go anywhere.

Remember how they replaced MadTV with Wanda Sykes? Yeah, that went over well.

by Anonymousreply 11612/02/2012

Talk shows were always at least a little bit scripted, the difference is that actors were actually actors instead of people playing themselves in every film so they knew how to make even a talk show appearence seem natural.

by Anonymousreply 11712/02/2012

Queen Latifah had a talk show, too, that didn't last. Almost forgot about that one.

by Anonymousreply 11812/02/2012

The pea-brained Arsenio is about to inflict himself upon us once again. I always thought his main job was procuring women for black male celebrities.

He had zero interest in guests. If the topic wan't risque' or dumb he couldn't handle it, and often could be seen staring vacantly waiting for the guest to finish talking.

I think Eddie Murphy keeps him on his payroll, so he won't tell all Eddie's dirty secrets.

by Anonymousreply 11912/02/2012

Mo'Nique recently had a talk show on BET. She started it around the time of "Precious" and got flack for skipping the Oscar luncheon (and other awards related stuff) for it. But it only lasted 2 seasons.

by Anonymousreply 12012/02/2012

R61 did you at least befriend him? Poor white trash or not, a hot guy is still a hot guy. BTW, what made him hot?

by Anonymousreply 12112/02/2012

R118 If at first you don't succeed ...

by Anonymousreply 12212/02/2012

[quote]I think Eddie Murphy keeps him on his payroll, so he won't tell all Eddie's dirty secrets.

When I first watched Arsenio, I thought Eddie Murphy had a new talk show. haha I remember the first show I watched featured Angela Lansbury. I don't remember what she was promoting. It was September 1992. Maybe it was just the latest season of "Murder She Wrote," since that was still around.

by Anonymousreply 12312/02/2012

[quote]Hot Seat with Wally George was a guilty pleasure when I was a kid. He was a crazy conservative and the father of actress Rebecca De Mornay.

"Hot Seat" was an ultra-low-budget show in the mid-1980s on a tiny UHF channel in Southern California. Wally was a far-right winger (about your average Tea Partier today) and was a cult figure among teenagers and college kids for his helmet hair and polyester sports jackets. Wally played it to the hilt, but I don't think he was aware he was the butt of the joke even more than his guests most of the time. He was the WORST with a comeback, which was what was funny.

Here he is with "rape rockers" The Mentors, complaining that he has a "family show."

by Anonymousreply 12412/02/2012

[quote]'The Mo Show'

Isn't that just an alternate name for Datalounge?

by Anonymousreply 12512/02/2012

[quote]Soap Talk with Ty Treadway and Lisa Rinna that aired on SoapNet.

I used to love Soap Talk. Am I the only one who thought co-host Ty Treadway pinged louder than an alarm bell?

by Anonymousreply 12612/02/2012

Ty is cute, but he almost looks like he could be the offspring of Jim Varney and Mike Rowe.

by Anonymousreply 12712/02/2012

Oops, Ty pic.

by Anonymousreply 12812/02/2012

Ty Treadway was one of Merv's last "proteges."

by Anonymousreply 12912/02/2012

Howard Stern's first show on Channel 9 (UPN) was horrifyingly hilarious. I'll never forget this guy that later died (Kenneth Keith Kallenback?) who insisted could blow smoke through his eyeballs while smoking and ended up puking under the desk. Even as a 5th grader I knew classy when I saw it!

by Anonymousreply 13012/02/2012

[quote]Girl Talk, with Virginia Graham (that was on mornings on NBC for YEARS)

My grandma used to watch [italic]The Virginia Graham Show,[/italic] her syndicated show from the early '70s. I remember being fascinated by her helmet-like bouffant.

by Anonymousreply 13112/02/2012

The Morning Show, with Mike and Juliet!

by Anonymousreply 13212/02/2012

Virginia Graham had a talk show in the 1950s called "Food For Thought". Sponsor was Bohack, the supermarket chain on Long Island and in Queens. As a prop, Virginia had a bowl of fruit on the table. Don't recall her having any guets. She just philosophized for 15 minutes.

She was a Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago. One smart cookie.

by Anonymousreply 13312/02/2012

Virginia Graham's one-sided wing probably made hundreds of little boys gay.

Here it is with a special guest.

by Anonymousreply 13412/02/2012

Virginia's 'do reminds me of the one Renée Taylor wore as Fran's mom on "The Nanny." Both were Emmy-worthy.

(And yes, I'm old enough to remember "Girl Talk," and, yes, it turned me gay.)

by Anonymousreply 13512/02/2012

[quote]Ty Treadway was one of Merv's last "proteges."

I KNEW he was family!

by Anonymousreply 13612/02/2012

Did anybody watch Roseanne's astonishingly bad talk show? It was on when I was in college so I'd come home wasted at like 3 in the morning and it was on and I have just the most surreal memories of her screaming at her audience while wearing giant wigs and everyone being terrifically uncomfortable. IT WAS INCREDIBLE.

by Anonymousreply 13712/02/2012

My favorite was a show called, "My Talk Show", which was a partly scripted, part talk-show series that I have never been able to dig up info on via Google Bing, or--Heavens!--Ask Jeeves. I think it was on in 1990-1991. I just recall being in college and staying up very late at night to watch it (no VCR) and feeling bad for the actress who "hosted" it. (I think I saw her later on some ABC series--Cynthia something. Anyway, It was very funny, very refreshing but it didn't stand a chance. It was too odd--apparently improvized sitcom section about that day's show and star "popping by the house/set", followed by the actual talk show portion. I'd love to see it again to see if it really was as lovable as I recall or if I was just drunk.

by Anonymousreply 13812/02/2012

Merv really did go after the boys, didn't he? I remember Denny Terrio from Dance Fever (?) suing him, claiming that Merv came out of the bathroom in a leopard g-string and tried to mount him. "Merv! I'm not ready," Denny said, to no avail. The horror!

by Anonymousreply 13912/02/2012

R139 Aren't you glad there were no camera phones in those days?

by Anonymousreply 14012/02/2012

I liked David Susskind.

Here he is with Phyllis Diller.

by Anonymousreply 14112/02/2012

Here ya go, R138:

by Anonymousreply 14212/02/2012

It was Arsenio Hall who got a then-unknown Presidential candidate named Bill Clinton to come on TV and play the saxophone. It's been said because of that moment he won the election.

by Anonymousreply 14312/02/2012

R138 IMDB at link. I always get Cynthia Stevenson and Wendy Makkena mixed up.

by Anonymousreply 14412/02/2012

Gabbin' About Genocide with Teena Marie & Cokie Roberts

by Anonymousreply 14512/02/2012

Dorothy Kilgallen and her husband, Broadway producer and actor Dick Kollmar, hosted from their own apartment (and later their townhouse) a morning talk show called "Breakfast With Dorothy and Dick" on WOR radio from 1945 to 1963. As a producer and a Broadway-columnist, the couple lived a glittering life of parties and premieres, nightclubs and swell society affairs. Even people who hated the couple felt compelled to tune in to hear what they had to say about the showbiz social scene.

Alas, their hard-partying ways finally caught up with them. Dorothy had to be hospitalized for addiction to prescription drugs. While she was locked away, Dick carried on the radio show alone. Then one morning after an all-night bender, he showed up to do the program blind drunk. He had to be physically restrained from taking the microphone. His scheduled guests, writer-director Josh Logan and his wife Nedda, were forced to ad-lib the entire hour themselves. Luckily they too were a sparkling couple, witty and gay (in every sense of the word) and they rose to the occasion.

The sponsor pulled the plug that day and after 18 years Dorothy and Dick breakfasted on the air no more. When Kilgallen returned from the sanitarium she was furious to discover that they had lost the show. It had been one of their primary sources of income.

by Anonymousreply 14612/02/2012

I'm sure many friends of Dorothy have breakfasted with dick.

by Anonymousreply 14712/02/2012

David Frost

Mike Douglas

Gypsy Rose Lee had a talk show in San Francisco.

Oscar Levant had a local talk show in L.A. that was legendary. People tuned in to watch his descent into madness.

by Anonymousreply 14812/02/2012

Thanks for the info, R146. I found a link to an episode of the show. Can't wait to listen to it.

by Anonymousreply 14912/03/2012

R137, yep Roseanne's show was surreal in its train-wreck awfulness. On the premiere episode she actually flew into the studio and over the audience suspended on wires, and that circus atmosphere was retained throughout its mercifully short run. She can be an incredibly self-indulgent performer, and when she isn't funny, she's painfully unfunny.

by Anonymousreply 15012/03/2012

I can't wait to listen to that tape of Dorothy and Dick!!!

I'm obseesed with Dorothy Kilgallen and fascinated with the idea of that radio program. I can't imagine how two loose screws like the Kollmars ever managed to regularly haul themselves out of their (separate) beds every morning to rise to the occasion.

Thanks for posting r149!

by Anonymousreply 15112/03/2012

I remember Roseanne's show. She tried to offer Monica Lewinsky $2 million in order to land the first interview with her. Monica turned down the money to do the Barbara Walters interview instead.

I also remember that King World renewed the show for a second season and the affiliates were pissed. The studio was making money on it, but the affiliates were losing money and were furious they were obligated to keep airing it.

by Anonymousreply 15212/03/2012

Dorothy Kilgallen is practically forgotten today, but in the 50s and 60s she was a national celebrity.

by Anonymousreply 15312/03/2012

Dorothy Kilgallen was a chinless wonder.

by Anonymousreply 15412/03/2012

[quote]George Hamilton and his ex Alana had one that was surprisingly not that bad.

They need to repurpose the title for a new show featuring George Takei and Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.

by Anonymousreply 15512/03/2012

R154 She had a chin, but it was just sort of vestigial.

by Anonymousreply 15612/03/2012

I was going to post about "My Talk Show"... Loved it too. Very odd show, but I love Cynthia Stevenson, who went on to be in movies like "Home for the Holidays" and tv shows like "Men in Trees"...IIRC they replaced her with that Southern lady comedian who was also on some sitcoms in the 90s , and it wasn't as good after that. It wasn't Brett Butler...Stephanie something I think.

I remember when Virginia Graham would pop up on All My Children in the 80s. I had no clue who she was until my mom told me. Between her massive hair and Phoebe's giant wig, you could barely see the set.

by Anonymousreply 15712/04/2012

Richard Bey

by Anonymousreply 15812/04/2012

[quote]Dorothy Kilgallen and her husband, Broadway producer and actor Dick Kollmar, hosted from their own apartment (and later their townhouse) a morning talk show called "Breakfast With Dorothy and Dick" on WOR radio from 1945 to 1963. As a producer and a Broadway-columnist, the couple lived a glittering life of parties and premieres, nightclubs and swell society affairs.

Was it sponsored by Phipps Department Store?

by Anonymousreply 15912/04/2012

R159 One of my favorite Lucy episodes.

by Anonymousreply 16012/04/2012

Thank you, R144 and R142! Cynthia Stevenson! Because of that show, I'm alqays happy to see here whenever I come across her in something. And while that episode on YouTube doesn't quite live up to my memory of the show's greatness, it's nice to finally see some proof that it wasn't a show I made up in my sleep-deprived head!

by Anonymousreply 16112/04/2012

Dorothy and Dick tried to be folksy, while living in an entire floor 16-room flat at 640 Park Avenue. The one-family townhouse at 45 East 68th where she died is now several apartments.

by Anonymousreply 16212/05/2012
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