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A talk show for Piers Morgan ... perhaps

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 20th 2008 9:09AM
Piers Morgan CelebrityIt would seem that sooner or later everyone in show business will get a shot at a talk show. After all, if Rachael Ray can win an Emmy as a talk show host, and a one-time respected anchorman like Maury Povich can have 20 years of syndicated talk success, why not give every Tom, Dick, and Megan Mullally a chance.

NBC reportedly thinks Piers Morgan could be the next big thing in talk. The bitter Brit, a personality as caustic as Simon Cowell, was the winner of The Celebrity Apprentice and is the nastiest judge on America's Got Talent. Morgan has a two-year deal with ITV and is on the verge of inking a similar contract with NBC. The idea is that he could be the next David Frost.

Of course, how many people now ever remember The David Frost Show (1969-1972)? It was a 90-minute, one-on-one interview talk show. In his time, David Frost had amazing guests, including Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Orson Welles, Mick Jagger. But television was really different then; it was pre-cable. You could have an hour-and-a-half of talking with a song or two (if you had a musical guest). Today, only Charlie Rose and James Lipton can engage in that much conversation.

Anyway, while Morgan can say his heroes are David Frost and the like -- "Growing up, my idols were Michael Parkinson, David Frost and Alan Whicker" -- I can't imagine him opting for a classy chat show in this reality driven medium.

On the other hand, Morgan might be a surprise success like Craig Ferguson.

[via TVTattle]

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Sylvia Fraley

Actually...I'd like to be on your show.
I see you're talking about a lot of talent.....
I'd like to welcome you to my latest book, Breeze...the Mermaid,just been come out on the market. I'd tell you more about it but there's no room here. If you're looking for something different and unusual, you may want to contact me............... Thanks, Sylvia

August 20 2008 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike m

Because of how his is portrayed in America, I can see how this could be dangerous. Piers could definitely pull it off. He was an editor of a major newspaper, has connections, and proves time and time again in the British media that if you have an interview with him, he'll somehow get you to talk about things your publicist would die over. Just like Ant & Dec, theres some great untapped talent in presenting and interviewing from the UK. And Simon Cowell deserves most of the credit for introducing them to the US.

Gordon Ramsay is in a similar situation...American Audiences don't typically see the F-Word and UK Kitchen Nightmares that show he isn't a jackass.

July 21 2008 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 20 2008 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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