Friday, August 12, 2016

Forgotten TV: My Talk Show (1990)

Fernwood 2-Night and its successor, America 2-Night, had long been off the air by the time someone sold MCA, then the parent company of Universal, the idea that the talk show parody could work again.

What separated My Talk Show from its forebears were two things. One, the fictional setting was in Wisconsin, instead of Ohio, and you had a woman hosting the show. Derby, Wisconsin resident and talk show fan Jennifer Bass (Cynthia Stevenson) started with a public access cable show produced at her home. Not all of the neighbors were willing participants, nor as supportive as you might think. About halfway through the series' six month run, Bass inexplicably disappeared (Stevenson left the show), and frenemy Angela Davenport (Stephanie Hodge) took over as host. All that did was prolong the inevitable.

Let's take a look at a sample episode with Dr. Dre & Ed Lover (Yo! MTV Raps Today),



Dre & Lover weren't the only MTV personalities to appear on the show, or didn't you catch a quick glimpse of Martha Quinn during the open? Despite the MTV connection, and the involvement of SCTV to an extent, My Talk Show was gone by the spring of 1991.

No rating. Didn't see enough of the show to merit a rating.

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