(I was going to post another entry today, but Jerry posted a comment about The Bonnie Hunt Show, and I want to respond…) Also, please read the last paragraph…
I am still in disbelief that they are going to cancel this show… I truly thought that some big-wig at one of the networks would see The Bonnie Hunt Show and get the rights to produce it. It is a uniquely different show, one that embraces the good in life and people, one that doesn’t go out of its way to sensationalize or dictate what the audience should feel, one that fills the television void for so many people.
I think that it is simply a question of demographics… The show doesn’t appeal to the majority of the viewing audience which apparently wants to see “cat fights” amongst the guests, private paternity cases being solved in front of a hissing and booing audience, marital cheating being revealed while all of the guilty are on stage fighting and laughing about being caught, ETC. (I don’t actually watch ANY of these types of shows, but I have seen enough of the promotions to get the gist. And, those types of shows are still going strong!)
She isn’t a sensational “gotcha” kind of host. She is truly kind to the people she is interviewing and doesn’t invite them on just to embarrass them. Her guests are people (and don’t forget how many times some of the Sesame Street Muppets have been on!) from today’s movies and television shows, as well as some of the true icons of television/movies: Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Carl Reiner… That’s very impressive!
To quote my twenty four year old daughter: Bonnie Hunt is a “very refreshing TV personality. She’s genuinely funny without being crude, and she isn’t sickeningly saccharin…”
I don’t think that it is a matter of the age of her audience. I really do think that she has a following of young people, but they aren’t the young people who apparently make a difference in the ratings… And, even if it is a matter of age and her audience is old enough to appreciate the guests I mentioned above>>> What’s wrong with that?!? I bet that I spend a lot more money at the grocery/department store than someone younger who “hoots it up” while watching a wife beat up a mistress (or two, or three!!!) on a surviving talk show! Good grief!
The Bonnie Hunt Show is the only daytime show that I watch, and I will TRULY MISS IT!