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    The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

    The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

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    NBC (ended 2010)
    Conan O'Brien, formerly Late Night veteran, moves to the West coast taking over as the fifth host of The Tonight Show. New studio, new style, same good old television institution. Conan O'Brien began hosting the show on June 1st, 2009. Previous Tonight Show hosts include the famous Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. In a twist of events, succeeding Tonight Show hosts also include Jay Leno.moreless
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    NFL Live

    NFL Live

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    ESPN
    NFL Live is a weekday hour-long show that talks about the latest news, trades, injuries and rumors in football. Trey Wingo has hosted the show from the beginning with former players and coaches rounding out the show as analysts.moreless
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    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

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    NBC (ended 1992)
    Six months after Jack Paar made a stormy departure from "The Tonight Show" (over jokes about Communism, among other issues) and viewers enduring a succession of "substitute" hosts (and an ill-fated attempt at a magazine-type show), NBC (and middle America) finally got the comedian they were waiting for. Johnny Carson – who had honed his craft on radio and daytime television, and to that point was best known as host of Who Do You Trust – made his debut as host of "The Tonight Show" on October 1, 1962. Thus began a love affair with America that lasted 30 years, not only making Carson wealthy and powerful, but earning him the title, "King of Late Night." It started out shaky. NBC built Carson a cheap set on the sixth floor of 30 Rockefeller Center, not thinking the show would last. Ed McMahon was less confident; he still lived in Philadelphia and commuted for the next three years. In 1962, "Tonight" began at 11:15 pm ET and lasted 105 minutes. By then, most NBC affiliates had inflated their late-evening newscasts to half an hour. It meant that, unless viewers tuned in on the NBC owned-and-operated stations in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, or Los Angeles, chances are they missed Carson's monologue. NBC quickly moved the start time of Johnny's show to 11:30 pm ET to ensure everyone could see the best part of his domain. In 1972, the show moved from New York to NBC's West Coast headquarters, thus setting up countless gags about "beautiful downtown Burbank." For a number of years, NBC reran "Tonight" on weekends at 11:30 pm ET. These reruns, of course, didn't score nearly the ratings as the originals maintained. By the end of 1974, Carson told NBC to turn their late weekends to another program. NBC hired a young Canadian performer and writer named Lorne Michaels to develop (what would quickly become) the "Tonight" antithesis -- Saturday Night Live. Carson became the man with whom millions of Americans ended their day with a relatively simple formula: an opening monologue of topical (sometimes corny) humor. Johnny's stock in trade became his down-home, glib sense of humor and his natural wit. He possessed the knack of being equal parts L.A. hip and Midwest backward. However, he never mocked people or resorted to mean-spirited or cheap, off-color jokes; instead, he often poked fun at human nature and events of the day in such a way that made America know it was OK to laugh at themselves. The Carson Monologue became "must see TV," and to miss a night was leave one's self less than "in the know" at the water cooler the following day. On one occasion, a Carson joke about toilet paper shortage actually led to hoarding of the product by thousands of consumers. Following the monologue, viewers saw either a "desk bit" between Carson and McMahon, or a more elaborate, produced skit. Then, interviews and performances by a wide range of celebrities followed (some reports have Johnny's guest list at more than 20,000). Carson was often at his best while interviewing the "everyday" person, especially young children. Some of the notable skits and features: • Carnac the Magnificent – Debuting in 1964, Carson (wearing a jeweled and feathered turban) would "divine" answers to questions from "hermetically sealed" envelopes, a standard gag from Vaudeville. Example: "The answer is...Chicken teriyaki! The question..."What is the name of the last surviving Japanese kamikaze pilot?" • The Mighty Carson Art Players – Starting in 1967, this catch-all title featured parodies of movies, TV shows and commercials. Classic skits included a tongue-twisting take-off on Dragnet (1968, with Jack Webb); commercial parodies of E.F. Hutton (with a deceased Carson rising from a casket to "my broker is E.F. Hutton..."), American Express (with Carson as Karl Malden), Energizer Batteries (Carson as Robert Conrad), and various diarrhea commercial take-offs. Also under the "Mighty Carson" umbrella was the Tea Time Movie sketch, with Carson playing Art Fern, an oily afternoon movie host and commercial huckster. These sketches were full of double entendre humor, first featuring busty Carol Wayne as the straight foil, "the Matinee Lady." Following Wayne's drowning death in 1985, Teresa Ganzel was added. Other classic moments included Carson as President Reagan (and actor Fred Holliday) in a hilarious "Who's On First?"-style routine, and a duet with Julio Iglesias ("To All The Girls I've Loved Before"), with Carson giving a convincing Willie Nelson impersonation. • Floyd R. Turbo – The super-patriot who gave over-the-top editorials. Other memorable moments: • Falsetto-singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim on-air marriage to Miss Vicki (Vicki Budinger) on December 17, 1969. • Ed Ames infamous tomahawk throw demo, striking the outlined target squarely in the crotch. • The marmoset who relieved itself while poking around at Carson's head; plus other animals (brought on by frequent guests Joan Embery and Jim Fowler) who refused to behave or were just being themselves. • Potato chip collector Myrtle Young, who momentarily thinks Johnny has eaten one of her prized chips. Among the performers who owe (at least part) of the beginning of their careers to Carson: Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling, plus many others. Ironically, Letterman (a frequent "Tonight" guest host in the late 1970's) was Carson's first choice as his successor. Leno, however, had already been given the seat as "permanent guest host," following Carson's professional breakup with Joan Rivers (who had joined the up and coming FOX Network to do her own late night show in 1986.) Leno, though seen by some at NBC as "too ethnic looking," had the favor of NBC's West Coast executives, and was chosen over Letterman, whom NBC West saw as "too cranky and edgy" to replace the mild-mannered Carson. This was perceived as a final snub to Carson, and prompted Letterman to defect to CBS, and compete head to head against the show he'd always wanted to host. The entire "Tonight" endgame saga would be the subject of Bill Carter's book The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno & the Network Battle for the Night (later turned into an HBO film, with Rich Little as Johnny). Carson's 30-year ride was hardly without its more tenuous moments, thanks to several contract disputes and his well-publicized failed marriages (he was thrice divorced during his run on the show). Carson's "alimony payment" jokes would become a staple of the show. Following much protracted negotiation (including talk of his leaving "Tonight"), Carson signed a new contract with NBC in 1980. Three stipulations in the deal: 1) "Tonight" was reduced from 90 minutes to 60; 2) Carson would dictate what kind of show NBC could run at 12:30 am ET. This meant replacing Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show with from Carson's stable. 3) Carson Productions was formed. Among its most heralded works was the show that followed "Tonight" -- Late Night with David Letterman. Carson Productions' other gift to NBC was a series of specials called Television's Greatest Commercials, hosted by Ed McMahon. McMahon was also a victim of a one-shot deal called Johnny Carson's Greatest Practical Jokes, in which Johnny had loaded the trunk of Ed's car with office equipment and taped Ed failing to get past NBC Security (and a guard named Carson). Both of these specials would merge with Dick Clark's running TV Censored Bloopers in January 1984, becoming TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. In 1983, Carson Productions produced and distributed "Carson's Comedy Classics," a somewhat low-budget, 30 minute repackaging of "Tonight" clips, culled mainly from the years 1972-1982. Carson's lock on late night came into question in the late 1980's, likely precipitated by two events: the debut of The Arsenio Hall Show in 1989, and Dana Carvey doing a less-than-loving portrayal (with Phil Hartman as a one-note Ed McMahon) of Carson on Saturday Night Live. Carvey's "Johnny" was basically a dinosaur -- a relic clueless of pop culture and mired in "unhipness." In one of the more scathing takes, Carvey presented Carson as "Carsenio," giving his Johnny a wedge cut and Arsenio-styled suit. These less-than-flattening portrayals of Carson on SNL were seen by some as NBC giving tacit approval to the move to push Johnny out. Carson, during his last show, in thanking Doc and the band, would lament TV's loss of the "last big swing band," saying, "To say that this band is not 'hip' is to not know the meaning of the word." In 1991, as Carson was starting his 29th year, the "King of Late Night" announced in his usual no-big-deal style that he was retiring, expressing a desire to leave the show while still in his prime. His second-to-last show on May 21, 1992 featured just two guests: Robin Williams and Bette Midler, with Midler serenading Carson with "One for My Baby," a teary-eyed Carson taking in the moment. The final show on May 22, 1992 was a quiet and contemplative retrospective, featuring "a day in the life" on the Tonight Show set, and a tribute to his late son, Rick (who was killed in a car crash the previous June). Alone on a stool, in front of the familiar curtain, a tearful Carson bade his audience "a heartfelt good night," thus ending not only a show, but an era of television. With very few exceptions, Carson's "Tonight" departure was the last most people saw of their beloved late-night TV comic. Most notably: a voice appearance as himself on The Simpsons episode, 'Krusty Gets Kancelled,' and a pair of appearances on Late Show with David Letterman. Just prior to Carson's death, it was revealed that Johnny would occasionally give Dave an idea or two for his monologue, thus cementing the notion that Carson saw Letterman as his true late night heir. When Johnny Carson died on January 23, 2005, America mourned the passing of a late-night legend. Jay Leno devoted his January 24, 2005 show to his predecessor (though it should be noted, Leno read a prepared "tribute" from cue cards). On the show were Ed McMahon, Drew Carey and Carson's close friends Bob Newhart and Don Rickles, all providing their remembrances. Letterman's first new show following Carson's death featured longtime "Tonight" executive producer Peter Lassally and a performance of "Here's That Rainy Day" -- one of Johnny's favorites -- by bandleader Doc Severinsen, with NBC Orchestra mates Tommy Newsom and Ed Shaughnessy. Thanks to TV Tome contributors Brian Rathjen & doppelgänger.moreless
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    Inside the Actors Studio

    Inside the Actors Studio

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    Bravo
    For nineteen years and more than 242 episodes, James Lipton has sat down with some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about the art of acting. The series premiered with Paul Newman, an Actors Studio alumnus and former president (1982-1994). A partial list of featured guests includes Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Jessica Lange, Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, Gary Sinise, Kathy Bates, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, John Hurt, Harrison Ford, Spike Lee, Ed Harris, Ben Affleck, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Kevin Kline, Gene Hackman, Debra Winger, Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant, Richard Gere, Benicio del Toro, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McKellen, Pierce Brosnan, Juliette Binoche, Martin Scorsese, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore, The Cast of The Simpsons, Nicholas Cage and Renee Zellweger, to name a few. Hosted by New York's famed New School For Social Research, each episode is taped before an audience of students at The Actors Studio Drama School. In addition to his duties as the show's executive producer and host, Lipton is also the Dean of the school. The series has been honored with multiple Emmy Award nominations and until it win for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2013.

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    Countdown with Keith Olbermann

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann

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    Current TV
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann follows the mild mannered, funny, and intelligent news anchor Keith Olbermann, as he takes you through the top five news stories of the day. These stories range from the important events of the day with live Countdown exclusive interviews and the thoughts of Keith Olbermann and his staff. During the countdown, Keith does special segments like "Keeping Tabs", where he informs the viewers on celebrity action only Countdown could dish out. Also Keith pokes fun at the lame, out of this world, and just flat out stupid news events on the segment "Oddball". Viewers could see a condensed one hour recap of the day's events on Countdown with Keith Olbermann as it aired Mondays through Fridays on MSNBC at 8pm eastern and a repeat showing at 11:00pm and 4:00am eastern on MSNBC. In January 2011 Keith Olbermann accepted a contract buy out by MSNBC, in the Spring of 2011 he was hired by Current TV.moreless
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    The Montel Williams Show

    The Montel Williams Show

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    (ended 2008)
    Emmy Award-winner Montel Williams began 2005 with his 15th season as host of THE MONTEL WILLIAMS SHOW. Winner of the 1996 "Outstanding Talk Show Host" category, the show has been honored with Daytime Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Talk Show" in 2001 and 2002 and was nominated for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" in 2002. Entertaining, spontaneous and always challenging, he continues to address familial, youth and relationship issues with provocative and meaningful discussions, while maintaining his own point of view.moreless
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    Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Jimmy Kimmel Live

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    ABC
    Emmy-winner Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC Television Network's distinctive late-night talk show. The show features a diverse line up of guests, including celebrities, athletes, comedians and human interest subjects. Along with a light-hearted and recognizable cast of characters, a hip house band and comedy bits in Kimmel's inimitable style, the show additionally offers one of the funniest, freshest monologues on television today. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" often features elaborate, innovative stunts - such as having Quentin Tarantino guest-direct an entire episode, or building a state of the art performance stage in the center of Hollywood Boulevard. The show originates from Disney's El Capitan Entertainment Center, located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood's Walk of Fame. This famed location is featured prominently in the show as Kimmel showcases the unique character of Hollywood. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs weeknights at 12:05 a.m. in most markets. Midway through its third year, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has featured such high profile guests as George Clooney, Britney Spears, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Shaquille O'Neal, Clay Aiken, Ryan Seacrest, Jose Canseco, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Lindsay Lohan, Bobby Brown and Hilary Duff -- plus musical guests Coldplay, 50 Cent, Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Jane's Addiction, Toby Keith, Audioslave, Nelly, Motley Crue, No Doubt, Green Day, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie and Alanis Morissette -- since its premiere on Super Bowl Sunday, January 26, 2003. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is taped later in the day than other late night shows - at 7:45 p.m. PT. This allows the show to respond to the news of the day more quickly than the competition. Kimmel applies his irreverent wit to politics, television, the media, the FCC, popular culture - everything is a target. A weekly comedy segment, "Unneccesary Censorship," pokes fun at the FCC's crackdown on the media by unnecessarily censoring clips from TV news, political speeches, reality TV and nature shows. Other regular comedy segments include Cousin Sal's hidden camera pranks, Guillermo's Hollywood Gossip Round-up and adorably clueless Uncle Frank's coverage of red-carpet premieres.moreless
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    Maury

    Maury

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    Maury Povich, who continues to post record ratings on his hit syndicated talk show Maury, returned Sept. 13, 2004, for a seventh season of NBC Universal Domestic Television's daily one-hour series. As always, Povich will continue to explore the compelling issues that impact teens, their parents, and society as a whole. A veteran journalist, Povich is well known for his ability to get to the heart of any matter.moreless
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    Ebert & Roeper

    Ebert & Roeper

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    (ended 2008)
    Welcome to the Ebert & Roeper guide at TV.com. In 1999, after the death of Gene Siskel, the famous movie critic and co-star of Siskel & Ebert, the title of the hit show was, needless to say, no more of use. With the original co-star, Roger Ebert and the replacement Richard Roeper, together they continue criticizing the latest movies in over 200 stations. It is important to know that Roger Ebert spent several months searching for a replacement for Siskel, and brought Roeper on several times before making him a regular on the June 3rd, 2000 episode.moreless
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    The Gadget Show

    The Gadget Show

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    Channel Five
    The Gadget Show is a British television series focusing on the world of technology. It airs in 60 minute episodes on Monday 8:00P.M. on Five. It is filmed in and around Birmingham, UK. In India it is aired on Discovery Travel and Living. Presenters Jason Bradbury, Suzi Perry, Jon Bentley and Ortis Deley host the show bringing news about the newest technology from around the world and reviews of the latest gadgets. Each week consists of a challenge in which the presenters pitch themselves against each other using different gadgets to accomplish tasks. The recently added Top Five segment brings a list of the best products in a particular area of the market. Note, from 30th March 2009 Suzi Perry will be away due to illness. She returns to the show in May. Each episode gives viewers the chance to win a prize consisting of many gadgets featured in the program. This is not a programme to miss! Repeats air on Fiver (Freeview 36).moreless
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    The People's Court

    The People's Court

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    The People's Court - a throwback to 1950s syndicated courtroom fare such as Traffic Court and The Stand Accused - was set in a small-claims court. The litigants had both agreed to bring their grievances to a California small-claims court, where retired Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Wapner heard the cases. The plaintiffs could file a claim for up to $1,500, while the defendants sometimes filed a countersuit if they felt they were due compensation. While most cases were run-of-the-mill complaints over poor service, broken contracts, ownership rights and malfunctioning merchandise, others had odd twists. For instance: * The overweight stripper who was not paid because the bachelor party-goers thought she was unattractive. During the arguments, she reveals she had gone at the request of her friend, the bride-to-be who found out about the party. * The mother who refused to pay a clown after he came to a birthday party dressed as a towering purple monster (he was supposed to play a Smurf); the clown ended up terrifying the party-goers. * The woman who requested a male friend make good on a verbal contract to pay half of the cost of her daughter's abortion, when she thought he was the father. He had backed out when he was sterile. * A woman who sued the owner of a pitbull after he jumped on the hood of his car. The pitbull's owner claimed she struck the dog and requested payment for the dog's injuries; and even suspected the resulting damage to the car was from a prior accident. And the list of odd cases went on. Each litigant (who, as the announcer reminded viewers each day, were not actors) stated his case before Joseph A. Wapner . After he was through asking questions, he retreated to his chambers before rendering his decision. More than once, he refused to support either side. Each litigant was then interviewed by the courtroom reporter (originally Doug Llewelyn from 1981-1993); sometimes, he gave the results of how courtroom spectators would have decided the case. Usually two cases were heard per show, though some longer cases took up the entire 30 minutes. If time permitted, Wapner fielded questions from the gallery; or legal expert Harvey Levin gave advice on handling that episode's legal scenario (i.e., confronting a car dealer about a car suspected to be a lemon). Each episode ended with Llewelyn admonishing viewers with some variation of the age old advice: "When you get mad, don't take the law into your own hands ... take 'em to court!" The original version of The People's Court ran for 12 years. When The People's Court returned to syndicated TV in 1997, the show expanded to 60 minutes, with Judge Ed Koch (the former New York City mayor) now presiding. Koch lasted until 1999, when Judge Jerry Scheindlin took over in 1999. Judge Marilyn Milian has presided since 2001. The format of the revised The People's Court was essentially similar, except the small claim's court limit was upped to $5,000. Sometimes, the interviewers also asked spectators on-camera their thoughts of a case before the judge's verdict was announced. Related Shows The People's Court UK Carol Smillie is set to present a new UK version of the People's Court for ITV1's new daytime line-up titled itv DAY.moreless
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    Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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    CBS
    Stephen Colbert moves from Comedy Central to CBS to anchor the long-running Late Show brand.
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    Later... with Jools Holland

    Later... with Jools Holland

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    BBC Two
    Later... with Jools Holland has become the show for music fans and performers. The eclectic mix of music and artists makes Later... unique and compelling viewing for any music fan. The show is currently airing it's 35th series.moreless
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    Ricki Lake

    Ricki Lake

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    (ended 2004)
    Hosted by the television personality of the same name, Ricki Lake was tabloid television, specializing in tawdry and sensationalistic topics that drew viewers in like moths to a flame. Several memorable topics included male strippers, teen pregnancy, gang warfare, and many, many makeover episodes The show enjoyed an 11 season run, premiering in 1993 and saying goodbye in 2004.moreless
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    Trucks!

    Trucks!

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    Spike TV
    Welcome to the Trucks! guide at TV.com. This show is for gearheads who love big trucks and lowriders that are hot rod trucks. More information to come soon.
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    The O'Reilly Factor

    The O'Reilly Factor

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    FOX News Channel
    Known for its direct, confrontational approach, Bill O'Reilly tells it like it is and never fails to report things that are important to the people. Guests and viewers alike, can agree that that he's determined, be that good or bad in some cases. As soon as guests enter the no-spin zone, they better buckle up and get ready, because he takes no prisoners in looking out for us. Sometimes using the word "pinhead" is even neccesary. Mix all these elements, and you come up with The O'Reilly Factor. The show was previously known as the O'Reilly Report.moreless
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    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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    Comedy Central
    Trevor Noah takes over for the iconic Jon Stewart as the new host of the fake news Monday through Thursday series The Daily Show.
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    Hardtalk

    Hardtalk

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    Hardtalk is a 1997 documentary television series hosted by Tim Sebastian, Stephen Sacjur, Sarah Montague, Rob Bonnet, Zeinab Badawi, Jonathan Dimbleby and Allan Little. In each episode, politicians and public figures are presented with some of today's most difficult questions. The hosts bring a unique perspective to the discussions by investigating the rationale behind some of their most significant decisions. Interviews include Nobel Laureate winner Harold Pinter, Liberal Democrat Party leader Paddy Ashdown and actress Whoopi Goldberg.moreless
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    Night Calls 411

    Night Calls 411

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    Night Calls 411 is an erotic talk show produced by Playboy Entertainment Group. Jim English created the show, which originally aired from 1995 to 2007 on Playboy TV. Each episode of the show features two hosts, generally well-known pornography actresses, hosting a live radio talk show. During the talk show, the hosts invite the listening audience to call in and discuss sexual issues with them. Juli Aston, Doria Rone, Tiffany Granath, Jesse Jane and Kirsten Pierce have all appeared as a host on Night Calls 411.moreless
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    A Life on Screen

    A Life on Screen

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    BBC Two
    A Life In Screen is an occasional series looking into the lives and careers of some of Britain's best loved talent including Julie Walters and Stephen Fry.
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