Chapter

Talk as Show (a Show of Emotion)

in The Money Shot

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780226309095
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309088 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309088.003.0005
Talk as Show (a Show of Emotion)

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Producers have an easier time leading guests to the emotional brink if the topic is sensitive or volatile to begin with, if the guest feels strongly about it, if the guest is being surprised, or if producers have found others with an opposing viewpoint to challenge him or her on the air. Given these conditions, coaxing a dramatic performance from guests may not seem so difficult, but producers experience this aspect of their job as one of the, if not the, most unpredictable—and hence stressful—aspects of the job, for, no matter how much they work with guests, they can never be sure that someone who is good on the phone or in the green room will also be good onstage. Producers live in constant fear that guests will become tongue-tied, fail to express emotion, not disclose the most important information first, get the story mixed up or confused, go into too much detail, or lose focus and go off on a tangent.

Keywords: producers; talk shows; emotional state; celebrity guests; sensitive topic; show of emotion

Chapter.  15356 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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