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Tabloid talk show
- Created 2012-04-06
tabloid talk show
is a subgenre of the
genre. The subgenre achieved peak viewership during the late 20th century. Airing mostly during the day and distributed mostly through
, tabloid talk shows originated with
The Phil Donahue Show
and was popularized by the personal confession-filled
The Oprah Winfrey Show
. Tabloid talk shows have sometimes been described as the "freak shows" of the late 20th century since most of their guests were outside the mainstream. The host invites a group of guests to discuss an emotional or provocative topic – ranging from marital infidelity to more outlandish topics – and the guests are encouraged to make public confessions and resolve their problems with on-camera "group therapy". Similar shows are popular throughout Europe.
Tabloid talk shows are sometimes described using the
term "Trash TV", particularly when producers appear to purposely design their shows to create controversy or confrontation, as in the case of
(such as when a 1988 show featuring
Ku Klux Klan
ish activists led to an on-camera brawl) and
The Jerry Springer Show
, which focused on lurid trysts – often between family members. While sociologist Vicki Abt criticized tabloid TV shows, claiming that they are blurred the lines between normal and deviant behavior,
sociology professor Joshua Gamson argues that the genre's focus on
provided a great deal of media visibility for
people. The genre experienced a particular spike during the 1990s, when a large number of such shows were on the air but which gradually gave way during the 2000s (decade) to a more universally appealing form of talk show.
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