Bring Back Donahue!
ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: May 14, 1995
I grew up watching Donahue in my formative years. He created a format that was lively and he actually covered topics of importance. Before Oprah and the countless imitators who latched onto his roaming mic routine, he had used his show to explore subjects that rarely got covered on a daytime talk show.
It was a kick to see this episode from 1995. This is the Phil I loved. Blustery, provocative, entertaining and willing to challenge the audience and the guests.
Heber Jenztsch appeared on this live broadcast along with Pat Jones and the Baptist preacher behind the World Literacy Crusade. One of the stipulations to get Heber there was there could be no critics on stage to confront the Scientologists with facts. Phil had to take on the critic’s role and does a pretty good job.
At the start of the show, Phil tells Heber he can sum up what he knows about Scientology in 10 seconds…then goes on to show he was much better prepared than he wanted let known. Is it a perfect show? No, but it is a good show and a fun show in many ways.
Like John Sweeney from the BBC, Donahue has balls. We need more people like them on TV and I for one would like to see Phil back on the air.Explore posts in the same categories: TV Broadcasts