The Dangers of Dr. Phil – A Daytime Tragedy | TRO

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The Dangers of Dr. Phil – A Daytime Tragedy | TRO – The Right Opinion

00:00 – Introduction
10:28 – Tabloid Talk
17:31 – Self Help TV
25:20 – Messiah
31:55 – Renaissance
40:03 – Turn
47:22 – Practise
56:53 – Perfect
1:04:13 – Help
1:12:30 – Disparate Youth
1:22:03 – Turnabout
1:30:28 – Public
1:40:10 – Legal
1:47:00 – Knowledge
1:53:35 – Responsibility
2:00:06 – Cancelling “Dr. Phil”
2:06:34 – Counseling Dr. Phil
2:14:41 – Cancelling Dr. Phil
2:24:22 – “Cancelling” Dr. Phil

Mainstream TV, a contraption that contrary to beliefs held by netizens, many people do actually still watch.

It’s not a necessity in modern day society, with the rise of online content and streaming platforms, you can obtain your daily dose of entertainment from a variety of sources, yet although audiences have certainly been spoiled with an abundance of TV series, and films, many live shows have still predominantly remained on broadcast television, well, at least more than others. These include gameshows, news programs, and of course, today’s genre that has launched so many successful careers: talk shows.

Now this isn’t to say that they don’t have their online counterparts, but I think like other shows that have retained most of their audience from live TV broadcasts, there is something about watching that sort of content in the moment, as it often operates within a very brief window into the spirit of that specific era, if you went back and tried to watch an episode of Oprah from 1992, you’d probably find it hasn’t dated the best. I mean, sometimes these episodes are dated on release…

I digress though, to give them their credit, they have fought hard for their place on the TV guide, and they do provide people with content that can keep them in touch with the world around them through a medium that may be more digestible than the traditional outlets. With this in mind, there aren’t too many set rules for creating a successful talk show, the first rule is that there needs to be some talking, that kinda goes without saying, but it’s also important that the person talking is also relatively interesting, and has a personality to present to those viewing. The second rule is that there needs to be people to talk to, otherwise the host is just rambling into the void. Therefore, they’ll either talk to you: the viewer, directly, or a live audience is drafted in to cheer, jeer, or appear as part of the host’s wacky shenanigans. With such a broad church of TV encompassed by these couple tenets, it’s no surprise that a plethora of shows have garnered success off very diverse interpretations of these couple key tenets, from the preppy positivity of Ellen, to the necessary conflict and consequent chaos of a show like The View.

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