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DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 2:50 p.m. PST

In a conversation with Patrick Wilson TVAG today, we were wondering the impact of a Modern Media back in the late 19th Century

Which News Show would you watch?

The Winston Factor
Khartoum with Jane
Sixty Teeth – with Teddy
Gladstones Hour of Power
Woodrow & Friends
This Week with Kipling
Hardball with Otto

Just a few ideas to mull over – looking forward to hearing yours…

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 3:43 p.m. PST

No! No!

Winston's the roving reporter for ILN Live! the Illustrated London News' TV show. You can't keep him behind a desk.

Bismark only does guest appearances. He didn't even do them until Kaiser Bill "dropped the pilot."

Kipling hasn't done any writing or commentary in years, since he's been wrapped up in the "Soldiers Three" series on cable.

And Woodrow never has friends. Not then, and not now. He did a monologue even crazier and duller than our current comedians, and was promptly cancelled. It's Oscar Wilde who does the talk show.

Anyway, no one's watching the news shows as such. The big ratings hit is "Heart of the Nile" with Florence Baker. Well, that and the mini-series based on Bram Stoker's vampire novel. Everywhere you go there are posters of young Barrymore as the vampire.

What? You thought things would be different?

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 5:00 p.m. PST

Woodrow, as in Woodrow Wilson? Wrong century.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 5:37 p.m. PST

He was born in 1856 nothing to say he couldn't have had a role in media mimicking his time teaching in universities

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 9:34 p.m. PST

Actually, if he did get an "early" career show, it would have had to be "Woodrow and FRIEND" as plural seems unlikely. All he'd need is a desk to sit across from a mirror as he singlehandedly tells the world how it OUGHT to be.

No Friend of Woody is

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 12:03 a.m. PST

Late Night, with Valentine Baker.

Roderick Robertson Fezian15 Sep 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

Varney the Vampire (The longest-running supernatural soap opera; Stoker's "vampire mini-series" is just a well-advertised flash in the pan).

Nobody watches LSPAN's airings of debate in the House of Lords.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 9:23 a.m. PST

Worse than any of this. Imagine William Jennings Bryan with a blog and a talk show.

We've been spared that, at least.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

Maybe the View – with Nietzsche, Freud and a few others

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 10:27 a.m. PST

Think of Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose party with a Talk Show

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 5:41 p.m. PST

But imagine what Disraeli could do.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 2:43 a.m. PST

Teddy would have man Vs nature, were we follow Teddy on hikes across the world. Much like Bear Grylls. Only with a rifle platoon and maxim machine gun for support.

Corporal Fagen16 Sep 2018 11:16 a.m. PST

Probably the fourth one if any

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 6:18 p.m. PST

Smoke On This, with Mark Twain and George Sand.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 8:48 p.m. PST

Think of Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose party with a Talk Show

Nope, the Bull Moose party was part of the 1912 election. Why do I have to be the history police?

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