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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

The Clinton Show-While talks with NBC fell through, it appears that CBS is looking at a daily talk show with the FPOTUS. The more I think about it, the more I could see it work, if they did things right. Clinton's a wonk and likes to talk about stuff. A semi-serious show that could cover current events on one hand or host Mariah Carey or Survivor N+1 on the other might work. Back before he became too full of himself, Phil Donohue would often have a good, serious show. You'd check the listing, or the opening spiel, and see if it was worth sticking around for. To make the show really work, I could see having a conservative side-kick a la Michael Kinsley to WFB on Firing Line. I could picture a slightly younger Jonah Goldberg doing that role; today, he's got enough clout to not be the Big He's second banana, but someone who's conservative and witty and conversant with pop culture. Bill, give Ben D. a call, or Mr. Bauer if Ben's already booked. If they play their cards right, it might be watchable. If they don't, you've got a male Oprah. If it's the latter, I can feel CBS's pain.

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