Talk Shows


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Talk Shows describe series featuring a host/hostess who interacts with one or more guests on which the focus is conversation. For late-night talk shows see Late Night.

Highlights
Phil Donahue on guests on his talk show Donahue
28:30
Vicki Lawrence on what she learned about being a good talk show host on Vicki! and from Carol Burnett
03:35
Regis Philbin on hosting his own talk show, which led to being hired as "second banana" on Joey Bishop's talk show
05:11
Michael Gelman on being on camera on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Live with Regis and Kelly
04:07
Dick Cavett on his first morning talk show, evening show, and PBS talk show, all called The Dick Cavett Show
56:03
Stephanie Edwards on hosting the ill-fated A.M. America in New York
17:18
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Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on the early days of The Steve Allen Show
06:58
Steve Allen on hosting the second Steve Allen Show, a late-night show on WNBT
05:37
Steve Allen on Pat Weaver deciding to bring The Steve Allen Show to network and re-titling it Tonight
01:33
Steve Allen on Tonight Show producer Bill Harbach; on the impact of the show; on booking talent and memorable guests
16:17
Steve Allen on the openings, stunts and skits on The Tonight Show
09:00
Steve Allen on The Tonight Show regulars - Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme
02:45
Steve Allen on musical guests, sketches, audience interviews, and tough issues on The Tonight Show
28:30
Steve Allen on shooting outside the studio for The Tonight Show; on censorship and the Blacklist
13:10
Steve Allen on The Steve Allen Show (prime-time version) moving to ABC in 1961 as the short-lived New Steve Allen Show
03:33
Steve Allen on the sketches and the crew of the syndicated Steve Allen Westinghouse Show
18:23

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on co-creating and writing for Garroway at Large
18:15
Charlie Andrews on co-creating and writing Garroway at Large (Part 2)
29:35
Charlie Andrews on co-creating and writing Garroway at Large
09:03
Charlie Andrews on writing for Today
22:04

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on consulting as a talent executive for John Davidson's, Alan Thicke's, Joan Rivers', Vicki Lawrence's, and Pat Sajak's talk shows
27:51

Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett on writing for Johnny Carson for the Emmys
02:45
Dick Cavett on his first morning talk show, evening show, and PBS talk show, all called The Dick Cavett Show
56:03
Dick Cavett on advice to aspiring talk show hosts
01:41

Esme Chandlee

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Esme Chandlee on working in production on the TV show, Here's Hollywood
01:46

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on appearing on The Arsenio Hall Show, and on losing his mother
03:35
RuPaul Charles on hosting The RuPaul Show on VH1
06:44

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on appearing on The Merv Griffin Show, and on his personal friendship with Griffin
01:50

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on production and audiences of his local television talk shows
04:12

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on writing and performing on The Steve Allen Show
20:01

Hugh Hefner with Emerson College

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Hugh Hefner on his syndicated show Playboy's Penthouse
19:14

John Conte

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John Conte on hosting Town Talk on his television station in Palm Springs
02:02

Fred de Cordova

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Fred de Cordova on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
05:51
Fred de Cordova on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 2)
28:43
Fred de Cordova on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 3)
22:38

Bob Costas

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Bob Costas on filling in for Larry King on Larry King Live
00:49

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on writing for The Mike Douglas Show
03:18

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on hosting The Tony Danza Show
03:21

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Joey Bishop Show
17:07
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Pat Boone Show
04:17
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for and showrunning The Steve Allen Show
17:54

James Day

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James Day on moderating the series Kaleidoscope
09:51

Joe DeTullio

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Joe DeTullio on working on the set for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and for various Broadway shows
06:57

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on his television talk show, Donahue
13:43
Phil Donahue on the early years of Donahue
30:35
Phil Donahue on Donahue
29:58
Phil Donahue on Donahue
28:54
Phil Donahue on Donahue
28:30
Phil Donahue on Donahue and Pozner & Donahue
28:25
Phil Donahue on ending Donahue
13:07

Mike Douglas

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Mike Douglas on The Mike Douglas Show
12:20
Mike Doulgas on the concept of, co-hosts, and guests on The Mike Douglas Show
28:52
Mike Douglas on memorable guests, the audience, and a typical day on The Mike Douglas Show
28:20
Mike Douglas on The Mike Douglas Show music and guests
28:43
Mike Douglas on memorable guests on The Mike Douglas Show
28:08
Mike Douglas on his catchphrase "I'll be right back" and The Mike Douglas Show sets
01:44

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on why he was drawn to hosting Today
03:17
Hugh Downs on his preparation for hosting Today; on memorable interviews on the show and leaving the program in 1971
18:03

Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert on differences of opinions with Gene Siskel on certain movies; on how they affected the fate of films
04:29
Roger Ebert on discussing colorization and a black and white episode of Siskel & Ebert & the Movies
02:46
Roger Ebert on casting a new critic (Richard Roeper) for the television show to replace Gene Siskel; on working with Roeper
09:02

Stephanie Edwards

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Stephanie Edwards on hosting the ill-fated A.M. America in New York
17:18
Stephanie Edwards on Everyday
09:29

Pat Harrington, Jr. with Emerson College

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Pat Harrington, Jr. on appearing on The Steve Allen Show
17:08
Pat Harrington, Jr. on getting into show business with help from Jonathan Winters, and on appearing on Tonight Starring Jack Paar
07:19

Ed Begley, Jr. with Emerson College

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Ed Begley, Jr. on guest-starring on Maude, and on The Steve Allen Show being his favorite show
01:18

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on developing Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
02:52

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on working on The Mike Douglas Show and The John Davidson Show
08:41

Michael Gelman

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Michael Gelman on working with Regis Philbin on The Morning Show
03:03
Michael Gelman on producing Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Live with Regis and Kelly
27:53

Frank Gifford

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Frank Gifford on meeting his wife Kathie Lee Gifford on Good Morning America
04:52

Lewis Gomavitz

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Lewis Gomavitz on acting as prop master on The Toni Tennille Show, and on his retirement
02:53
Lewis Gomavitz on acting as prop master for Dinah!
06:44

Dwight Hemion

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Dwight Hemion on directing early live boxing telecasts and on how he came to direct The Steve Allen Show and Tonight
02:53

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on being musical director for Steve Allen's Tonight
18:45
Lyle "Skich" Henderson on acting as music director on Steve Allen's Tonight and on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
25:35
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on Steve Allen's man on the street segments on Tonight
03:38
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on The Mike Douglas Show
00:57
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on The Merv Griffin Show
01:11

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on being a "Today Girl" on Today
08:36
Florence Henderson on becoming a regular guest and a guest host on The Tonight Show aka The Jack Paar Show
15:10

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on hosting her own talk show, Marilu
01:54

Martin Hoade

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Martin Hoade on working on The Bob Considine Show and It Happened Today
03:34

Larry King

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Larry King on his advice to anyone who wants to become an interviewer "you never learn a thing when you're talking"; on being interviewed
01:24

Roger King

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Roger King on distributing and selling The Oprah Winfrey Show
08:46
Roger King on creating and distributing The Roseanne Show, starring Roseanne, and on how King World dealt with failure
04:58
Roger King on creating and distributing Dr. Phil, featuring Dr. Phil McGraw
01:32
Roger King on working with Phil McGraw on Dr. Phil, and on the launch of the show
01:09

Don Roy King

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Don Roy King on directing The Mike Douglas Show
17:40

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on directing Tonight! America After Dark
06:46
Lynwood King on filling in as director for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
08:47

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on being hired to write for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
04:40
Arnie Kogen on writing for Thicke of the Night
02:35

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on The Steve Allen Show
10:37

Peter Lassally

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Peter Lassally on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 1)
45:10
Peter Lassally on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 2)
22:33
Peter Lassally on producing The Late Show with David Letterman
17:35
Peter Lassally on producing The Late Late Show
22:18

Vicki Lawrence

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Vicki Lawrence on the key to a sucessfull talk show: letting the host be themselves
05:18
Vicki Lawrence on what she learned about being a good talk show host on Vicki! and from Carol Burnett
03:35

Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter on Art Linkletter's House Party
15:36
Art Linkletter on People Are Funny
10:35
Art Linkletter on being one of the interim hosts of The Tonight Show in 1962 between Jack Paar's departure and Johnny Carson's arrival, and on working with Steve Allen
02:52

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager on The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar
01:24
Stewart MacGregory on working with Jack Paar on The Jack Paar Program
06:55
Stewart MacGregory on the infamous "water closet incident" from The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar
04:31

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person, and on a favorite Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson sketch of his, which spawned a running joke
04:12
Ed McMahon on being the announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
18:46
Ed McMahon on being announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
27:54
Ed McMahon on being the announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
28:04
Ed McMahon on being the announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
28:20
Ed McMahon on announcing for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
20:32

Jayne Meadows

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Jayne Meadows on acting in and writing for Meeting of Minds
17:54

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on writing the pilot for The Pat Boone Show with Saul Turteltaub
01:30

Regis Philbin

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Regis Philbin on hosting his own talk show, which led to being hired as "second banana" on Joey Bishop's talk show
05:11
Regis Philbin on the importance of his elongated show opening segments
01:28
Regis Philbin on the benefits of not booking his own guests
00:47

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Joey Bishop Show
17:07
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Pat Boone Show
04:17
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for and showrunning The Steve Allen Show
17:54

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on being a regular player on The Steve Allen Show
14:50

Maury Povich

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Maury Povich on criticisms of his talk show Maury
01:49
Maury Povich on his talk show, Maury
13:24

Jeff Probst

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Jeff Probst on hosting The Jeff Probst Show
11:22

Ward Quaal

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Ward Quaal on talk shows and programming for women at WGN and programming for minorities
03:53

Keith Raywood

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Keith Raywood on production designing for Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
12:03

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on daytime talk shows
02:34

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on designing the set for The Tonight Show Starring Conan O'Brien
09:57
John Shaffner on designing the set for Ellen DeGeneres' talk show
07:01

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on directing the radio show "We, The People," which was then simulcast on television and radio and became a regular television show
04:06
James Sheldon on the challenge of making We, The People  visual, since it had started as a radio show
02:18
James Sheldon on the first time he heard of the Blacklist: when he tried to hire Madeline Lee on We, The People
01:29

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on his first writing job for television on The Skitch Henderson Show
12:00

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on writing for various talk shows, including The Les Crane Show and The Merv Griffin Show
07:02
Saul Turteltaub on writing for The Pat Boone Show with Bernie Orenstein
01:49

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on being discovered and appearing on Jack Paar Tonite
06:35

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on writing for Into the Night
03:14

Jonathan Winters

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Jonathan Winters on the special quality Johnny Carson brought to The Tonight Show
04:39

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on learning to write jokes by watching shows like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Dick Cavett Show
03:52