Before talk shows disintegrated into the abrasive carnival side shows they have become in recent years, The Dick Cavett Show was on the air to demonstrate the power of the form. Inherently likable and equal parts enthusiastic and charming, Cavett persuaded some of the true legends of cinema to sit down opposite him for lengthy, spontaneous, and very often hilarious chats. There is no "pure shock value" tactic used on this talk show, so you will not see any paternity tests or kids being shipped off to boot camp for insolence that has become the hallmark of contemporary series that misuse their title of "talk show"; the dramatic sparks are provided courtesy of the legends that best represented Hollywood at the time the show was filmed between '70 and , and lived to tell the tale. In our time, the only other hosts who can get their hands on such talent of equal importance, think Larry King, Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, and Jay Leno are rank, star-struck amateurs compared with Nebraska native and Yale grad Cavett. His special brand of easy-going, engaging banter and his clear love of his subjects represents the host all others should aspire to. His questions are never banal, and the guests appear to respond well to Cavett's magnetism.
The Dick Cavett Show: Hollywood Greats
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Since , Shout! Some focus on one guest, like the Ray Charles Collection , while others deal with a common theme, Rock Icons. Hollywood Greats is in the mold of the latter and is guaranteed to thrill fans of old Hollywood as this four-DVD set presents some of the greatest actors and directors the silver screen has ever known. Disc 1 contains two nights of Katherine Hepburn and one of Fred Astaire. Hepburn, who was the only guest for both her episodes, was making her first appearance on television, so it was a major coup. At first, she only agreed to check out the studio.
The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats
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The Dick Cavett Show was the title of several talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks , including:. Cavett taped his programs in New York City. ABC pressured Cavett to "get big names," although subsequent shows without them got higher ratings and more critical acclaim. A well received prime-time three show a week summer replacement series led to the memorable late-night talk show that ran from December 29, to January 1, opposite NBC 's The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.