Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Dennis Miller Show, RIP

Mickey Kaus is kind to The Dennis Miller Show in its passing. (Unlike Evan Smith, who's obviously just a jerk.)

As a rule, I don't like going on political TV shows, but The Dennis Miller Show was the big exception.

The show was always populated with a stream of interesting people. During my appearances on the show other guests included Martin Landau, Stan Lee, and Ray Bradbury--you don't meet people like that on The O'Reilly Factor. And the production staff was full of the type of people you and I would want to be friends with, as opposed to the carnivorous stick-insect producers booking the "serious" political shows. (Note to all TV people: You should scoop Miller's staff up ASAP. They're the best.)

And then there's Dennis. He was a gracious and funny host and, unlike most heads, he actually knows things. A good guy and a great interviewer.

So tonight we raise our glasses to The Dennis Miller Show. May everyone involved in that wonderful project go on to better things.

P.S.: If I was an MSNBC executive, I would reconstitute The Dennis Miller Show and run it in the 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. slot giving you a prime time lineup of Hardball, Tucker Carlson's new show, and Miller. That's a great slate of programming.


Jay D. Homnick said...

Watch out, politicos, Murph is comin' back, with time on his hands...

Look for some Republican mischief-making to ensue...

(For the uninitiated, Republican political consultant extraordinaire, Mike Murphy, has been distracted from day-to-day political wrangling by a job jotting jokes for Miller's show.)

MKL said...

I'm one of the red state morons who watched his show regularly. Watched his show on HBO too.

I got the impression that the audiences in his yes-NB-yes show seemed to be always made up of mostly Lefty types who were not laughing or applauding on purpose. Except for his political leanings I didn't see a change between the humor of his shows. It was a bad time slot though, I think a 10pm show would have been better.

Steve said...

I'm a huge Dennis Miller fan, but after watching the first couple of shows I've never watched it again.

Dennis is one of those guys that just shouldn't have a daily show.

Once a week, yes. Once a day, no.

And, as MKL says above, his time slot was a killer.

Cato said...

I thought doing an hour-long show 5 times a week was biting off more than he could chew. Just imagine if Dennis did a half-hour daily show -- like Jon Stewart. It would be leaner and meaner. An hour was just too flabby.