The Dick Cavett Show

Season 1 Episode 1

March 4, 1968

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Aired Weekdays 12:00 AM Mar 04, 1968 on ABC

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    • News item from the New York Times:
      Dick Cavett may be the only Yale man to graduate to a daytime television show of his own. The writer of some of Jack Paar's monologues, among other TV literary contributions, further advanced his performing career by making his bow as host on This Morning from 10:30 AM to Noon over the American Broadcasting Company network.

      Dick Cavett's daily opus for housewives looks very much like a trial run of what might eventually be a show for night people, a route followed by Mr. Paar and Johnny Carson. In construction, This Morning is a carbon copy of the burgeoning confusion of talk shows that combine flirtations with weighty matters and straight entertainment.

      Dick Cavett struck a bold note in unveiling his program. His first guest was R. Buckminster Fuller, the doyen of the geodesic dome, who is more commonly seen as part of some in-depth study on Channel 13. Mr. Cavett, with wit and manner held the 72-year-old design engineer to a few sentences at a time, apropos of a woman's keeping a man dangling on a line like a trout on the ultimate obsolescence of politicians by technological advance.

      The program was enlivened by Mr. Fuller's contention that a woman is a baby factory and that a man's role is merely to press the right button.

      Dick Cavett was unusually gracious in questioning Patricia Neal on her recovery from a stroke and learning how to speak again. Without pressing the issue, he allowed the camera to show Miss Neal's radiance and good humor. He also chatted with Jack Albertson and Pat McCormick, comedians and also finessed the monologue of Jack E. Leonard.

      Dick Cavett who purposely makes light of his intelligence, but who clearly is a quick ad libber, could carve a niche for himself if the ABC minions do not insist on too many stars and allow him the stimulus and fun of talking to people in all walks of life. He has the virtue of being a good listener before phrasing his next inquiry.

      Dick Cavett's show ended with a desultory display of handling poisonous snakes, something Johnny Carson covered on his show only a few nights ago. Dick Cavett has enough on the ball not to be a copy cat, which he can control. But he also had enough commercial interruptions, which he can't.

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