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
Vicki Lawrence on what she learned about being a good talk show host on Vicki! and from Carol Burnett
Regis Philbin on hosting his own talk show, which led to being hired as "second banana" on Joey Bishop's talk show
Michael Gelman on being on camera on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and Live with Regis and Kelly
Dick Cavett on his first morning talk show, evening show, and PBS talk show, all called The Dick Cavett Show
Stephanie Edwards on hosting the ill-fated A.M. America in New York
Who talked about this genre

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on the early days of The Steve Allen Show
Steve Allen on hosting the second Steve Allen Show, a late-night show on WNBT
Steve Allen on Pat Weaver deciding to bring The Steve Allen Show to network and re-titling it Tonight
Steve Allen on Tonight Show producer Bill Harbach; on the impact of the show; on booking talent and memorable guests
Steve Allen on the openings, stunts and skits on The Tonight Show
Steve Allen on The Tonight Show regulars - Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme
Steve Allen on musical guests, sketches, audience interviews, and tough issues on The Tonight Show
Steve Allen on shooting outside the studio for The Tonight Show; on censorship and the Blacklist
Steve Allen on The Steve Allen Show (prime-time version) moving to ABC in 1961 as the short-lived New Steve Allen Show
Steve Allen on the sketches and the crew of the syndicated Steve Allen Westinghouse Show

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on co-creating and writing for Garroway at Large
Charlie Andrews on co-creating and writing Garroway at Large (Part 2)
Charlie Andrews on co-creating and writing Garroway at Large
Charlie Andrews on writing for Today

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

Robert Caminiti

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Robert Caminiti on assistant directing on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder

Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett on writing for Johnny Carson for the Emmys
Dick Cavett on his first morning talk show, evening show, and PBS talk show, all called The Dick Cavett Show
Dick Cavett on advice to aspiring talk show hosts

Esme Chandlee

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

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on appearing on The Arsenio Hall Show, and on losing his mother
RuPaul Charles on hosting The RuPaul Show on VH1

Roy Clark

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Roy Clark on being a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson while Jimmy Dean was guest-hosting
Roy Clark on guest hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on deciding what to play on shows
Roy Clark on guest-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Robert Clary

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

Nick Clooney

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

Andy Rooney with Emerson College

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Andy Rooney on writing for television shows, including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and The Garry Moore Show

"Weird Al" Yankovic with Emerson College

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"Weird Al" Yankovic on his first national television appearance on Tomorrow, with Tom Snyder

Jackie Mason with Emerson College

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Jackie Mason on appearing on The Steve Allen Show

Charles Grodin with Emerson College

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Charles Grodin on appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman
Charles Grodin on changing his public persona when he hosted The Charles Grodin Show on CNBC

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on writing and performing on The Steve Allen Show

Lewis Black with Emerson College

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Lewis Black on The Steve Allen Show's influence, and on Henry Morgan

Chuck McCann with Emerson College

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Chuck McCann on working with Steve Allen on The Steve Allen Show

Hugh Hefner with Emerson College

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Hugh Hefner on his syndicated show Playboy's Penthouse

John Conte

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

Fred de Cordova

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Fred de Cordova on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Fred de Cordova on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 2)
Fred de Cordova on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 3)

Bob Costas

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Bob Costas on filling in for Larry King on Larry King Live

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on writing for The Mike Douglas Show

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on hosting The Tony Danza Show

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Joey Bishop Show
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Pat Boone Show
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for and showrunning The Steve Allen Show

James Day

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James Day on moderating the series Kaleidoscope

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

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on his television talk show, Donahue
Phil Donahue on the early years of Donahue
Phil Donahue on Donahue
Phil Donahue on Donahue
Phil Donahue on Donahue
Phil Donahue on Donahue and Pozner & Donahue
Phil Donahue on ending Donahue

Mike Douglas

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Mike Douglas on The Mike Douglas Show
Mike Doulgas on the concept of, co-hosts, and guests on The Mike Douglas Show
Mike Douglas on memorable guests, the audience, and a typical day on The Mike Douglas Show
Mike Douglas on hosting The Mike Douglas Show
Mike Douglas on memorable guests on The Mike Douglas Show
Mike Douglas on his catchphrase "I'll be right back" and The Mike Douglas Show sets

Hugh Downs

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

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
Roger Ebert on discussing colorization and a black and white episode of Siskel & Ebert & the Movies
Roger Ebert on casting a new critic (Richard Roeper) for the television show to replace Gene Siskel; on working with Roeper

Stephanie Edwards

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Stephanie Edwards on hosting the ill-fated A.M. America in New York
Stephanie Edwards on Everyday

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

Pat Harrington, Jr. with Emerson College

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

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on developing Live with Regis and Kathie Lee

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on working on The Mike Douglas Show and The John Davidson Show

Michael Gelman

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

Frank Gifford

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Frank Gifford on meeting his wife Kathie Lee Gifford on Good Morning America

Lewis Gomavitz

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Lewis Gomavitz on acting as prop master on The Toni Tennille Show, and on his retirement
Lewis Gomavitz on acting as prop master for Dinah!

Hal Gurnee

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Hal Gurnee on directing Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Hal Gurnee on directing Tonight Starring Jack Paar and The Jack Paar Program
Hal Gurnee on directing The David Frost Show
Hal Gurnee on directing The David Letterman Show
Hal Gurnee on directing Late Night with David Letterman

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

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on being a "Today Girl" on Today
Florence Henderson on becoming a regular guest and a guest host on The Tonight Show aka The Jack Paar Show

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on being musical director for Steve Allen's Tonight
Lyle "Skich" Henderson on acting as music director on Steve Allen's Tonight and on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on Steve Allen's man on the street segments on Tonight
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on The Mike Douglas Show
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on The Merv Griffin Show

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on hosting her own talk show, Marilu

Martin Hoade

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

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

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on directing Tonight! America After Dark
Lynwood King on filling in as director for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Roger King

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Roger King on distributing and selling The Oprah Winfrey Show
Roger King on creating and distributing The Roseanne Show, starring Roseanne, and on how King World dealt with failure
Roger King on creating and distributing Dr. Phil, featuring Dr. Phil McGraw
Roger King on working with Phil McGraw on Dr. Phil, and on the launch of the show

Michael King

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Michael King on King World producing the show Soap World
Michael King on King World acquiring The Oprah Winfrey Show

Don Roy King

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Don Roy King on directing The Mike Douglas Show

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on being hired to write for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Arnie Kogen on writing for Thicke of the Night

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on appearing on The Steve Allen Show

Peter Lassally

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Peter Lassally on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 1)
Peter Lassally on producing The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (Part 2)
Peter Lassally on producing The Late Show with David Letterman
Peter Lassally on producing The Late Late Show

Vicki Lawrence

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

Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter on Art Linkletter's House Party
Art Linkletter on People Are Funny
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

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager on The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar
Stewart MacGregory on working with Jack Paar on The Jack Paar Program
Stewart MacGregory on the infamous "water closet incident" from The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar

Barry Manilow

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Barry Manilow on appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

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
Ed McMahon on being the announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on being announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on being the announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on being the announcer for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on announcing for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Jayne Meadows

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Jayne Meadows on acting in and writing for Meeting of Minds

Bernie Orenstein

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

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
Regis Philbin on the importance of his elongated show opening segments
Regis Philbin on the benefits of not booking his own guests

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Joey Bishop Show
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Pat Boone Show
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for and showrunning The Steve Allen Show

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on being a regular player on The Steve Allen Show

Maury Povich

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Maury Povich on criticisms of his talk show Maury
Maury Povich on his talk show, Maury

Jeff Probst

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Jeff Probst on hosting The Jeff Probst Show

Ward Quaal

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

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

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on daytime talk shows

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on designing the set for The Tonight Show Starring Conan O'Brien
John Shaffner on designing the set for Ellen DeGeneres' talk show

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
James Sheldon on the challenge of making We, The People  visual, since it had started as a radio show
James Sheldon on the first time he heard of the Blacklist: when he tried to hire Madeline Lee on We, The People

Jeremy Stevens

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

Saul Turteltaub

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

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on being discovered and appearing on Jack Paar Tonite

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on writing for Into the Night

Jonathan Winters

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

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on developing The RuPaul Show
Lauren Zalaznick on Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen

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