Tuesday, September 27, 2005

An Idiot's Favorite Crappy Talk Shows

I feel kind of bad. I read that we had to bid toodles to the Larry Elder Show. What's worse? A Current Affair is going too. It made me think of even crappier programming. Well, that might be pushing it...


Believe it or not, that's not an infomercial, it's a pic from the long-gone Later Today. You'’ve got to love this one. Spending time watching Katie Couric and Matt Laurer wasn'’t enough? NBC decided to extend The Today Show by half-heartedly competing with the View. This debacle featured Jodi Applegate, Asha Blake and Florence Henderson. This was a horrible, horrible show...

What's Odd: What else? The gone gone went look in Florence Henderson's eyes....




The Other Half- Hey! Let's make a show like the View--but with guys! That's how this went. Hosts Dick Clark, Mario Lopez, Danny Bonaduce and plastic surgeon Jan Adams made up the "classic" lineup of this horrible program. Needless to say it didn't work. The Other Half had those chintzy production values and B list guests. The plastic surgeon guy was traded to the Yankees and Pirates for Craig Nettles. Actor Dorian Gregory replaced Adams and then it was Goodnight Irene.


Mr. Cuff Em' and Hunt Em' Down Like Dogs does daytime. It didn't work out especially well. The John Walsh Show debuted in 2003 with so-so build up and diminshing returns. In short, this was doomed from word go. Having a person like Walsh so connected with crimes a wee bit past heinous didn't excatly make America's brunch sit well. Although he's a veritable "dictionary book" of criminal terms, devices and escape routes, as for small talk with "inspiring" guests? Nothing doing. Speaking of crimes, NBC committed one on this--a mercy killing.




Kick It Up! With Ali and Jack was certainly channel surfing bait. What a travesty. You think Regis and Kelly are boring, you should have gotten a steaming load of this grade A bunk. "Ali" is of course is Alexandra Wentworth who spent a few seasons on the craptasic later version of In Living Color. Jack Ford was a serious newsman from NBC and ABC. Ford is reportedly no longer camera-friendly. All of the phony laughs he gave to Ali's "jokes" has turned his face into a ghoulish mask.
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