Dennis Miller

(ended 2005)


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Dennis Miller (the show) was one of CNBC's first forays into entertainment and part of its larger goal to become a 24-hour network. Low viewership finally killed the program. ("McEnroe" was a follow-up attempt that lasted even shorter, barely 6 months, and even registered a 0.0 rating one week.) Dennis Miller added a live audience in its second month and adjusted its format and content periodically during its run. It included segments like "The Daily Rorschach", "The Cathartic Screed", "The Varsity Panel", "Cut to the Chase", "Take a Stand" (usually with a single sponsorship), and various one-on-one guest segments called "First-Up", "Take 5", "One-on-One", and the "Rorschach Extra". Generally there were about 6 guests per show ranging from political to social to entertainment with governors, an ex-president, senators, congresspersons, authors, actors, producers, directors, comedians, athletes, musicians, chefs, reporters, consumer advisors, and others.