That Show with Joan Rivers: Vol. 1-3
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As pointed out in an earlier review here by Terry Richard, Rivers had a daily 30-minute LOCAL TV "talk show" in New York in 1968, produced by her late-husband Edgard Rosenberg (who had sense to store copies of the videotapes for the future). Being in NYC, Rivers had access to many well known personalities who came through the City and each day she'd pair one of those "personalities" with an unknown expert on a subject that might interest the daytime audience. The "expert" was the focus of the discussion with the "personality" joining Rivers in asking questions. And the "personality" was not chosen as a "match" for the subject. It was just whoever was available that day.
Every show had the same format - not unlike what continues today on "Regis & Kelly" (now just Kelly) or "Ellen": Rivers would do a monologue (rarely on the day's "topic"), then introduce the "expert" and finally introduce the "personality". They would chat for maybe 15 minutes and then the audience (which looks a lot like Kelly's audience if she did her show 45 years ago). Commercials have been removed.
This set contains 18 episodes on three DVDS from a six-week period August - September 1968. Even though they are presented chronologically, you can see how Rivers changed her hair-do nearly daily.
The subjects covered are listed in Richard's review so I won't re-hash them. But the "guests" include Jerry Lewis - (arguing with a child psychologist about raising kids in show business - Lewis's son Gary was having a pop music career at that point)), Soupy Sales (with an "etiquette" expert) and Johnny Carson (with the head of a nudist retreat.Read more ›
"That Show" featured some of the biggest names of the day in showbiz, everyone from Johnny Carson, Florence Henderson, ED Sullivan and Soupy Sales and Joan was her old self, the one with the mouth that wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind. Each episode covered a certain topic in which both Joan and her guest discussed.
The series was broadcast over most NBC-owned stations at 9:30 am Eastern for a half hour was became a huge success. However, half way through the season many stations began airing "That Show" at different times of the day to compete with soap operas, game shows and other afternoon fare. As a result "That Show's" ratings plummeted and Joan, fed up with the bad numbers and being exhuasted, decided to call it quits.
The episodes have never been seen on television since it went off the air in 1969. Since the shows themselves are being released in volumes I would suspect that if sales are good more volumes will be made available.
The following is a list of topics covered in each volume:
Volume 1 covered "Nudism", "Interior Decorating", "Natural Childbirth", "Children in Show Business", "Women's Hats" and "Social Director".
Volume 2 covers "Cosmetic Surgery", "Etiquette", "Are You In Shape?", "Hypnosis", "Catering", and "Teenagers Today".Read more ›
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This was recorded sooo long ago that you can hardly tell it's Joan Rivers. I loved Joan dearly, but I could barely watch one of the shows. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sara lamberth
Sent this as a gift to a friend who loves (as I do) Joan Rivers. She was delighted. Will probably buy the set for myself.Published 19 months ago by Annie