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Happy 60th Birthday, Meet The Press

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 6th 2007 2:10PM

Meet The Press

Today marks the 60th birthday of NBC's Sunday morning news program, Meet The Press. It's the longest running TV show in history.*

It's funny because when Meet The Press started, there weren't that many TV news shows on the air. Now one could argue that there are too many. Meet The Press isn't really that special anymore. Past hosts have included Lawrence Spivak (who also created and produced the show), Ned Brooks, Bill Monroe, Marvin Kalb, Roger Mudd, Chris Wallace, Garrick Utley, and current host Tim Russert. Some people have said that the show isn't the same anymore because Russert has on guests like Stephen Colbert. I think that's ridiculous, because they've had comics on before. Though I do think the way that Russert conducted most of the interview, faux serious and trying to be jokey too, was odd.

* Longest running show period? Guiding Light, which debuted on radio in 1937 and then switched to TV in 1952.

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The interview with Colbert was the least funny thing I'd ever seen, and I think Colbert is very talented. Russert should never attempt to do comedy, even as a straight man.

Overall, I'd agree that the show isn't what it used to be. I started watching 7 years ago. Russert was a much better interviewer then--he actually pressed people on things. Now he's much friendlier with the people he interviews. He's much closer to Larry King now than Mike Wallace. Maybe it's the nature of Sunday morning talk shows these days--everyone's got to be chummy and throw softballs.

November 06 2007 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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