Anderson Cooper’s Upcoming Daytime Show Has Something in Common With a Pioneering Talk Show — and That May Not Be a Good Thing

Jul 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Anderson Cooper’s new daytime show will look and feel like a well-known talk show of the past, reports the New York Post. That syndicated show is one that pioneered daytime talk, "The Phil Donahue Show," which aired from 1967 until 1996.

That format might have a tough time in television today, the story says. Donahue tended to focus on serious issues, something that Donahue himself says today might have trouble finding an audience.

"You have to understand that Lady Gaga is going to draw a larger crowd than the settlements in East Jerusalem," Donahue told the publication. "The high road means you are out of a job in six months!"

Early promotions for "Anderson," which will debut in September, show the host passing the microphone among members of his studio audience, a signature of the "Donahue" show.

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