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    Fernwood 2Night

    Fernwood 2Night

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    (ended 1977)
    By the end of 1976, producer extraordinaire Norman Lear had a crisis on his hands. His cult-favorite sitcom Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman imploded when its star, Louise Lasser, went through emotional trauma that forced her to resign. But Hartman's hometown of Fernwood, Ohio (ZIP Code 45989) would not shrivel up. Toward the end of the next summer, a new set of characters emerged with a "talk show" called Fernwood 2Night, airing (originally) live from Channel 6 in Fernwood. The host of Fernwood 2Night was Barth Gimble, who had left a very successful talk show in Miami under circumstances similar to Louise Lasser's real-life breakdown. Barth returned to his home of Fernwood to start this new talk show on Channel 6. Immediately, he used it as a platform to deny the charges made against him in the Fernwood Courier ("There has never been a conviction"). But on the bright side, Barth did get in banter with interesting guests, his second banana Jerry Hubbard, and musical director Happy. Original production number: 127 Barth promotes the planned Garth Gimbel Memorial Tennis Classic. W.D. "Bud" Prize (Kenneth Mars) returns, and bows to public demands that he reveal the secret of his chinadonture treatment. In a rebuttal to Dr. Van Moot (aka Dr. Osgood), Phil Maltby (Morgan Upton) of Phil's Fashion Funwear and Medical Research Lab explains that leisure suits, far from causing cancer, actually can help cure disease. "Bud" Prize is so stimulated by this revelation that he falls asleep.moreless
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    The Larry Sanders Show

    The Larry Sanders Show

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    HBO (ended 1998)
    Comic Garry Shandling draws upon his own talk show experiences to create the character of Larry Sanders, a paranoid, insecure host of a late-night talk show. Larry, along with his obsequious television sidekick Hank Kingsley and his fiercely protective producer Artie, allows Garry Shandling and his talented writers to look behind the scenes and to show us a convincing slice of behind-the-camera life. Emmy Awards Nominations Outstanding Comedy Series 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series 1993 - Garry Shandling 1995 - Garry Shandling 1996 - Garry Shandling 1997 - Garry Shandling 1998 - Garry Shandling Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series 1993 - Rip Torn 1993 - Jeffrey Tambor 1994 - Rip Torn 1995 - Rip Torn 1996 - Rip Torn (winner) 1996 - Jeffrey Tambor 1997 - Jeffrey Tambor 1997 - Rip Torn 1998 - Jeffrey Tambor 1998 - Rip Torn Outstanding Supporting Actress For A Comedy Series 1996 - Janeane Garofalo Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series 1997 - Janeane Garofalo Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series 1993 - Dana Carvey 1997 - David Duchovny Outstanding Guest Actor For A Comedy Series 1996 - Mandy Patinkin Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series 1993 - Carol Burnett 1997 - Ellen Degeneres Outstanding Guest Actress For A Comedy Series 1996 - Rosie O'Donnell Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Comedy Series 1993 - Garry Shandling, Rosie Shuster, Paul Simms, Peter Tolan 1993 - Dennis Klein, Garry Shandling 1994 - Maya Forbes, Victor Levin, Drake Sather, Garry Shandling, Paul Simms 1995 - Peter Tolan 1995 - Peter Tolan, Garry Shandling Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series 1996 - Jon Vitti 1996 - Maya Forbes, Steve Levitan, Garry Shandling 1996 - Peter Tolan 1997 - Peter Tolan 1997 - Jon Vitti 1997 - Judd Apatow, John Markus, Garry Shandling 1998 - Garry Shandling, Peter Tolan (winner) 1998 - Richard Day, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck Outstanding Individual Achievement In Directing In A Comedy Series 1994 - Todd Holland 1995 - Todd Holland Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series 1996 - Michael Lehmann 1996 - Todd Holland 1997 - Todd Holland 1997 - Alan Myerson 1998 - Todd Holland (winner) Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Series Or A Special 1997 - John Bickelhaupt, Ed Golya, Edward L. Moskowitz 1998 - John Bickelhaupt, Ed Golya, Edward L. Moskowitz Outstanding Multi-camera Picture Editing For A Series 1997 - Sean Lambert, Leslie Tolan 1997 - Paul Anderson, Leslie Tolan 1998 - Paul Anderson, Sean Lambert, Leslie Tolan Outstanding Lighting Direction (electronic) For A Comedy Series 1997 - Peter Smokler 1998 - Peter Smokler (source: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) Golden Globe Awards Nominations Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical 1997 Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical 1995 - Garry Shandling 1996 - Garry Shandling (source: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association)moreless
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    House Calls

    House Calls

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    CBS (ended 1982)
    House Calls is a short-lived series that airs on CBS. The show took place around a surgeon and the administrative assistant's love life. By using comedy, the show is able to demonstrate just how crazy the hospital workers were. The series is from the 1979 movie House Calls. Ann Anderson (Lynn Redgrave) and Dr. Charley Michaels (Wayne Rogers) share a love for the first two seasons, until Dr Michaels moves on to Jane Jeffries (Sharon Gless), in the third season of the show. The show abruptly comes to an end, due to bad ratings and the short series. Despite the poor quality, Lynn Redgrave and Wayne Rodgers both receive Emmy nominations for their roles. Lynn Redgrave also receives a nomination for a Golden Globe. Sharon Gless leaving the show after the second season, is due to difficulties with the producers of the show, but she moves on to star in the hit show Cagney and Lacy. moreless
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    The Magic Hour

    The Magic Hour

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    (ended 1998)
    Basketball legend Magic Johnson hosted this short-lived, late-night talk show.
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    Entertainment Tonight

    Entertainment Tonight

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    Welcome to the Entertainment Tonight guide at tv.com. ET is a daily, half-hour, nationally syndicated entertainment newsmagazine, reporting on breaking news events, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes first looks, and Hollywood's hottest stories from the worlds of film, television, fashion, literature and interactive media.moreless
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    Talk Of The Town

    Talk Of The Town

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    A&E (ended 1988)
    Talk Of The Town was a locally produced weekday show that ran for 1 hour each morning at 10am. Shown in the Boston, Massachusetts area it was a talk show/interview program that ran from May, 1988 through to November 1988. Matt Lauer was the host, and he held interviews with stars who were visiting Boston. Guests include Barbara Eden who came to Boston and did a interview for the September 30, 1988 show. Talk Of The Town was produced by the local Channel 7 then by a local CBS network affiliate known as WNEV TV. The show was Boston's version of Live with Regis. Talk Of The Town did well in the ratings and Matt Lauer was very popular with the audiences in Boston. The show, like Regis, had promotional contests such as their Wheel Of Fortune contest. Matt Lauer would also call people each day and ask them a trivia question. If they answered the question correctly they won a prize. The show ran for an hour from May 1988 until September 1988. Beginning October 3, 1988 the show started running for only 30 minutes. Ratings went down because due to this and the show finished its run in November 1988. Talk Of The Town was videotaped Live at the Channel 7 studios in Boston and gave Matt Lauer a chance to show he could host his own show. There was talk the show would have been syndicated if it had stayed in production for longer and the ratings had stayed good.moreless
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    The Arthel and Fred Show

    The Arthel and Fred Show

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    (ended 1998)
    The Arthel and Fred Show was a daytime entertainment news program which aired on NBC between 1997 and 1998. The show was hosted by Arthel Neville and Fred Roggin.
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    The Johnny Carson Show

    The Johnny Carson Show

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    CBS (ended 1956)
    Before his late night talk show; Johnny Carson hosted this summer replacement series.
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    Today Show

    Today Show

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    NBC
    Welcome to The Today Show guide, on January 14 1952 "Today" began it's journey as TV's longest running morning news program on NBC, went on the air. It aired at 7:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) as a 2-hour news and information show. For many years it was a 2-hour program from 7:00 to 9:00 ET, until NBC expanded it to 3 hours (7-10 A.M. Eastern Time) on October 2, 2000. On September 10, 2007 a fourth hour was added to the show. Today was the first of its genre when it first signed on with host Dave Garroway. The show successfully blends national news headlines, in-depth interviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, other light news and gimmicks (including the presence of the chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs as the show's mascot during the early years), and local news updates. It has spawned several other shows of a similar type, including ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's The Early Show, and the Canadian series, Canada AM. The show is filmed and produced at studio 1A in Rockefeller Center, New York, just across the street from NBC headquarters at the GE Building. The studio is located right next to the street and many times the hosts do the weather or other events from outside. Today was the brainchild of Pat Weaver, who was then vice-president of NBC. Later, he became president of the company from 1953 to 1955, and then served as chairman of the board for another year. The show is currently hosted by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Al Roker does weather updates and Natalie Morales reads news headlines. Popular former weathercaster Willard Scott still appears on the show daily doing the 100th birthday announcements he first became famous for in the 1980s.moreless
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    Good Morning America

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    ABC
    Welcome to the Good Morning America program. For ABC, this was a much more successful morning news series than A.M. America, which had lasted the first ten months of 1975. ABC looked at one of its affiliates, WEWS in Cleveland, and admired the station's very successful news/talk series called The Morning Exchange (1972-1999). Network programming president Fred Silverman oversaw ABC's using The Morning Exchange as a model for their new program. Today the show is anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Ginger Zee gives weather reports throughout the morning, Amy Robach does the news, and Lara Spencer does the lifestyle reports. The show is usally in a battle for #1 with rival morning news show "Today" START YOUR DAY GOOD TO GO!moreless
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    Mike And Maty

    Mike And Maty

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    ABC (ended 1996)
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    Extra

    Extra

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    NBC (ended 2017)
    Love celebrity gossip? Then you know Extra. Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos host this show.
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    Vicki

    Vicki

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    (ended 1994)
    This was a syndicated, daily one hour morning talk show with Vicki Lawrence hosting and doing interviews.
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    Dinah!

    Dinah!

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    (ended 1980)
    Welcome to Dinah! hosted by Dinah Shore, this 90-minute variety talk show with her usual flair of grace, style and class. Generous, soft spoken and the epitome of a Southern Belle, her guests were always charmed by her genuine interest in their lives. Dinah! featured the John Rodby Orchestra or John Rodby and the Super Band as they became known. The title of the series changed in it's sixth season to Dinah and Friends with a co-host on a rotating term. They included her good friend Charles Nelson Reilly, Don Meredith, Paul Williams and Fernando Lamas. Dinah started out the 70's with a half-hour talk show titled, Dinah's Place, usually featured one guest and was more of a home oriented show about cooking, crafts and occasionally music. This format lasted until May of 1974.moreless
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    The Mike Douglas Show

    The Mike Douglas Show

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    (ended 1981)
    The Mike Douglas Show was first broadcast live in 1961 from the studios of KYW-TV (owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting Company) in Cleveland, Ohio as a local program (Mike Douglas's salary was $400 per week). The show offered a wide variety of guests, ranging from Richard Nixon to the Rolling Stones. Most of the guests, though, were entertainers (singers and/or musicians) along with a fair share of comics. The show is probably MOST noted for its exposure and introduction of (now) famous musical acts and singers, including Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin. Regretfully, Westinghouse taped over the Streisand shows to produce editorials. (These yet-to-be-famous performers were given a package deal that, after appearing on the show, would perform at a now-defunct night club in suburban Lakewood called The Chateau.) The show also showcased all of the latest rock groups of the 1960s. These groups ranged from "The Box-Tops" (1968), "Herman's Hermits" (1965 and 1967), the "Strawberry Alarm Clock" (1967), "The Turtles" (1968 and 1969) to John Lennon and "The Plastic Ono Band" (1972). A true example of the amazing cross section of guests who appeared on any particular show was when "The Turtles" appeared on the same show with comedic actor Ted Knight, and author, Truman Capote. In the words of Howard Kaylan (of the Turtles), "Not too shabby." In August, 1963, The Mike Douglas Show went into national syndication with a total of 5 local markets (Westinghouse owned local TV stations in Baltimore, San Francisco, Boston and Pittsburgh) airing the program. Following Westinghouse's victory in a lawsuit against NBC in June of 1965, The Mike Douglas Show moved to a basement studio (142 seats) at 1619 Walnut St. in Philadelphia. (This was the new home of KYW, owned and operated by Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, Group W Productions). The show discontinued live broadcasts in early 1965 following some "off-color" language verbalized by guest Zsa Zsa Gabor. At this time the show's popularity grew extensively and by 1967 the show reached 171 markets, had over 6,000,000 daily viewers (mostly housewives), and was bringing in over $10.5 million annually in sponsors' fees. At this time Mike Douglas's salary was over $500,000 annually. Also in 1967, the program received an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Daytime Television, the first such award ever given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The show remained at the Walnut St. location until July 31, 1972, when the move was made to a newly constructed studio at 5th and Market Sts. in Philadelphia, where KYW remains today. This was the first time a studio was constructed especially for the show. The last PHILADELPHIA broadcast was in July, 1978, when the show moved to LOS ANGELES, California. The last airing was November, 1981. Note: Mike Douglas started another syndicated program, "The Mike Douglas Entertainment Hour," which ceased production in 1982.moreless
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    The John Davidson Show

    The John Davidson Show

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    (ended 1982)
    The John Davidson Show hosted by singer John Davidson was the replacement series for The Mike Douglas Show. Sticking with a similar format, co-hosts, music, interview and entertainment with John's charismatic personality added a younger touch to the show. During the same time he also hosted the Primetime series That's Incredible! The show's musical group was The John Toben Band. Produced by Westinghouse this Group W Productions was produced by Vince Calandra Sr. The executive producers were Frank R. Miller and Frank Brill. John was signed for 7.5 million dollars for a 5 year contract for the talk show, which ended unsuccessfully after two years.moreless
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    Into the Night

    Into the Night

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    Into the Night With Rick Dees was a late-night mixture of comedy, interviews, and musical guests. Produced by Jay Wolpert Enterprises in association with Callin Morey Associates and Dees Entertainment Corporation. The show was hosted by former radio-TV DJ Rick Dees, known for his novelty song "Disco Duck". The house band was fronted by musician-singer Billy Vera and the Beaters. Lisa Canning was the shows announcer and Bob Perlow was the street correspondent in the filmed segments. The program last one year with the night time competition ratings were either a sinker or savior.moreless
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    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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    Comedy Central (ended 2015)
    Forget the 24 hour biased left wing news media, the best fake news show in the world will provide you with all the news you can handle. The Daily Show is a comedic view of recent news headlines and political figures through a series of satirical monologues by Jon Stewart along with segments by "correspondents" and finally interviews with guest celebrities and political figures. Craig Kilborn (SportsCenter) was the original host until the fourth season when Jon Stewart (The Jon Stewart Show) came in to take over after Kilborn left for CBS. The Daily Show has won multiple Emmy's and other prestigious awards such as the Peabody Award. It airs Mondays-Thursdays at 11pm ET on Comedy Central. It re-airs the following day at 1am ET, 10am ET, 2pm ET, and 8pm ET on Comedy Central.moreless
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    Crossfire

    Crossfire

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    CNN
    This show provided discussion on current events and politics on CNN (Cable News Network) and began in June of 1982. Four panelists, usually journalists or politicians, would discuss/argue about the most important issues of the day. Due to the differences in viewpoints discussions often became heated as each person tried to get their point across. They would debate as to how things in the world should progress and often compare current events to past world history to better impact the future.moreless
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    Turn Ben Stein On

    Turn Ben Stein On

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    Comedy Central (ended 2000)
    Ben Stein, hot off of his fame in Win Ben Stein's Money, takes an unsuccessful crack at talk show fame. Due to low rating's, Turn Ben Stein On was quietly cancelled.moreless
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