Depending which side of the Sofa your setting on 1991 was the high point or low point for Television.
September 9th, the Maury Povich Show Premiered
September 16th The Jenny Jones Show
September 30th The Jerry Springer Show
Talk shows were on fire.
Oprah Winfrey had passed Donahue in the ratings. By the late eighties Ms Winfrey’s show wasn’t as high brow as Phil’s and the audience ate it up.
Maury, Jenny and Jerry Initially were lower quality copies of Oprah. Problem was they weren’t Oprah!
Over time each of the shows host found their niche.
By 95, Maury Povich was simply Maury and while the show covered many topics, by 2008,it came together with paternity testing being the central theme.
There are no surprises, the mother is convinced that the man she brought to the show is the child’s father. Look at the forehead, the dimples, the little crinkle in the lip she pleads. If the families are involved there will be loud denials (That ain’t my child!) or the all purpose,it could be anybodies, shes a ho!
The audience is caught up in the drama. Finally, the results are brought to the stage and read by Maury, who learns the paternity when everyone else does.
When it comes to Baby Alice, “You are NOT the father” The mother is off, she runs up the stairs in complete shock and makes the (Connecticut Curve) and runs down the ramp or falls down the ramp on the floor where she is a heaping pile of tears.
I particularly like when they don’t make the curve and bounce off the wall (yes, I have a sick twisted sadistic side) . Maury often invites the women back to locate Baby Alice’s papa.
I’ve always questioned where they find these people to completely humiliate themselves on National TV. There was one women who was on nearly a dozen times trying to locate the father of her child.
These people aren’t paid. They are flown out for the taping, put into a hotel for one night and fed. On a flight to Chicago, I met two young people from Auburn California on route to Ricki Lake show. It was their first time on a plane. I asked if their parents knew? and their faces turned red.
For the first 18 seasons Maury was taped in the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, where he show shared the facility with the Sally Jessie Rapheal Show and the Peoples Court.
In 2009. the show moved to Stamford Connecticut where they now share a faculty with The Jerry Springer Show and the Steve Wilkos Show.
There are many people, who poo poo reality shows and shows like Maury. Springer and Maury have been on for 26 years. So someone is watching and if its you, we wont tell too many people.