There are scores of different types of talk shows on the television today. I have classified the three main types of talk shows which I watch. The main talk shows that I watch are tabloid shows, late night shows, and daytime talk shows. It’s a wonder that with the millions of people watching these various shows that we have people that still go to work!
Tabloid talk shows are a type of talk show which achieved maximum viewers during the late 20th century, airing typically during the day. This type of show started with the Phil Donahue show in 1967 and was made very popular by the Oprah Winfrey show. The host invites a collection of guests to talk about an emotional or provocative topic, such as infidelity, or a daughter trying to find her mother after twenty years. And the guests are encouraged, more often than not, to make confessions and determine their problems with on-camera "group therapy”. This genre is occasionally described using the derogatory jargon term "trash TV", chiefly when the show hosts appear to knowingly plan their shows to build hullabaloo or disagreement, as in The Jerry Springer Show, which paid attention to shocking twists and fights, often concerning family members. Although sociologist Vicki Abt criticized tabloid TV shows, claiming that they “are blurring the lines between normal and deviant behavior.” , Yale sociology professor Joshua Gamson argues that “The focus on alternative lifestyles provides a great deal of media visibility for gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and transgender people.”
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