Host James Lipton persuades some of the biggest names in show business to give up some surprisingly personal information during his chats with them in front of a worshipful audience of students of the Actors Studio Drama School. The show's first guest was legendary actor Paul Newman.
This documentary series strives to give its audience the inside scoop on Tinseltown's hottest dishes, ranging from behind-the-scenes tension on hit shows to the real dirt inside a current tabloid scandal. The list of celebrities profiled on the show include Drew Barrymore, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Britney Spears.
Veteran writer and comedian David Steinberg sits down with comics and other entertainers for one-on-one interviews in this series that delves into the stars' lives and careers. Steinberg's guests -- a list that includes such luminaries as Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, Don Rickles and Jonathan Winters -- share career-defining moments, personal struggles and the idols who inspired them. These intimate interviews give viewers a glimpse into what makes legendary comedians who they are, both personally and professionally. The hard-working Steinberg not only hosts the show but also serves as an executive producer and directs each episode.
There are so many daytime talk shows on the air that they can be considered a dime a dozen. Controversial radio host Bill Cunningham hopes his self-titled talk show can stand above the competition as he transitions from the audio medium to the visual medium. The topics on Cunningham's show are familiar to daytime TV viewers. Reunions with long-lost family members, infidelity, addictions, strained relationships between twins, and family dilemmas are among the topics Cunningham tries to help his guests with.
Conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly takes a forceful and often combative stance as he talks with newsmakers and entertainers from his "no-spin zone." Among regular segments featured on the show are Talking Points Memo and Factor Mail, the latter featuring comments from viewers.
Created in 1997 by veteran journalist Barbara Walters, "The View" is a daytime talk show hosted by women -- including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris and Sara Haines -- and each offers her take on the day's news during the opening "Hot Topics" segment. Later, the ladies welcome various celebrities, who join them in a chat or perform for the audience. The program also offers tips on beauty, fashion, diet and relationships. Known for their freewheeling style, the hosts are often lampooned in late-night sketches.
This talk-variety show features comic Ellen DeGeneres in the studio performing an opening monologue and interviewing guests who include celebrities, newsmakers and ordinary people with extraordinary talents. Additionally, segments include performances from top music acts, audience participation and man-on-the-street interviews. Music is a key part of the show, with an in-studio DJ -- including occasional celebrity guest DJs -- spinning tunes and DeGeneres often breaking out into dance moves during the show.