From Carson to Oprah to Stephen Colbert: A History of the TV Talk Show

Primary tabs

Program Type:

Films, Lecture

Age Group:


Program Description

Event Details

From its start in the early 1950s, the talk show has been one of television’s most versatile and durable formats. Pioneering programs like TodayPerson-to-Person, and Tonight established the basic features that have guided the format ever since, particularly the importance of the host in guiding the proceedings.

Register for History of the TV Talk Show

Whether it was the sophisticated wit of Dick Cavett, the magnetic empathy of Oprah Winfrey, the innovative comedy of David Letterman, or the sharp political satire of Jon Stewart, the talk show has continued to provide viewers with a lively mix of entertainment, information, and compelling conversation. This presentation will look at the fascinating history of the television talk show, and examine its changing appeal from decade to decade.

About the Presenter

Brian Rose, Ph.D. was a Professor of Communication and Media Studies for 38 years at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center until his recent retirement. He has written several books on television history and cultural programming. He has conducted more than one hundred Q & As with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Screen Actors Guild, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, and The Directors Guild of America.

chat loading...