Quick Takes

Feb 24, 2003  •  Post A Comment

“Nothing is automatic, but talk shows have to capitalize on being personal and warm in contrast to other daytime formats that seem contrived or built around distress. Being genuine on TV is hard.”
Mike Antonucci, pop-culture writer, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News
“Viewers seem to respond best to empathy coupled with in-the-face honesty. Consider Dr. Phil’s appeal, or the fact that next season, `Jenny Jones’ will be out and `Sharon Osbourne’ in. Clearly, it’s time to bring back Bozo the Clown.”
Melanie McFarland, TV critic, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It takes either enough shock value for the audience with the material [so] they tune in tomorrow, or it takes a personality whose credibility is on a par with a professional you have faith in in your own life.”
Steve Beverly, broadcasting prof., Union University, Jackson, Tenn.