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Following the death of TV series creator and host John McLaughlin, at the age of 89, The McLaughlin Group TV show is winding to a close, after 34 years on the air. The weekly syndicated half-hour public affairs roundtable ran mostly on PBS stations in the Us. Regular panelists include Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page, and Tom Rogan. Paul Glastris, Mort Zuckerman, and David Rennie were frequent guests. Past contributors include: Lawrence O'Donnell, Chris Matthews, Katty Kay, and Al Hunt.Variety reports that while the show was well-established enough that it could have withstood a a new host, it was McLaughlin who decided -- five years ago -- that the show should end when he was finished with it. According to the report, he missed his very first episode, due to health problems, last week. The final episode will air this week. Check »
The McLaughlin Group is saying “bye-bye” this weekend, wrapping its more than 34-year run.
The decision comes just days after the passing of John McLaughlin, who hosted the syndicated public affairs program since its debut on Jan. 1, 1982.
“This long-running political commentary and discussion show was consistently an audience favorite,” Wttw Cco Dan Soles said Thursday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “and we will miss this important contribution to our political coverage. Wttw is proud to have brought the series, and Dr. McLaughlin, to the PBS system.”
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John McLaughlin’s “The McLaughlin Group” will come to an end this week following the host’s death on Tuesday, TheWrap has learned. McLaughlin served as host, creator and executive producer on the program, which aired on multiple PBS stations across the country. The program, which first launched in 1982, has featured a panel of hosts, which most recently included McLaughlin, Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and Tom Rogan. The remaining panelists will tape one final episode before the show comes to an end. Also Read: John McLaughlin, Host of 'The McLaughlin Group,' Dies at 89 McLaughlin died on »
- Reid Nakamura
After 34 years, the curtain will fall on “The McLaughlin Group” after this week’s installment.
John McLaughlin, creator and host of the public affairs TV staple, died at age 89 on Wednesday. The show is so well-established that it likely could have transitioned with a new moderator at the helm.
But McLaughlin made his wishes known about the show’s future five years ago when he received an offer from Anschutz Media Group to buy the franchise, according to John Roberts, a senior producer for “McLaughlin Group.”
Anschutz’s lucrative offer called for McLaughlin retire within two years after grooming a successor as moderator of the four-person panel debating political headlines and issues of the day.
“We talked about it at some length,” Roberts told Variety, noting McLaughlin ultimately passed on the deal. “John finally said ‘What would be so wrong if when I finish up I just turn the lights out?’”
- Cynthia Littleton
The McLaughlin Group Facebook page reported the news. "Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, »
“As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives,” “McLaughlin Group” said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “For 34 years, ‘The McLaughlin Group’ informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered.”
McLaughlin launched the half-hour program in 1982. He was known for his bombastic, jowly demeanor and direct approach to debating the week’s headlines and issues with four other panelists. He was often heard to shout “wrong!” when he disagreed with a subject. He signature sign-off was an exaggerated pronunciation of “Bye-bye.”
The series has been a staple of public TV stations around the country and has aired since 2008 on Wcbs-tv New York and NBC affiliate Wusa-tv »
- Maria Cavassuto
The political commentator’s passing comes just days after he missed his first hosting of his eponymous syndicated public affairs program in more than 34 years. Longtime panelist Pat Buchanan stepped in as host for that episode.
“I am under the weather,” McLaughlin explained in a note that prefaced this past weekend’s telecast. His distinct, once-bellowing voice, heard in pre-taped intros, was “weaker than usual,” McLaughlin acknowledged. “Yet my spirit is strong and my dedication to the show remains absolute! »
“I am under the weather,” McLaughlin explained in a note that prefaced this week’s telecast. His distinct, once-bellowing voice, heard in pre-taped intros, is “weaker than usual,” McLaughlin acknowledged. “Yet my spirit is strong and my dedication to the show remains absolute!”
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that The X-Files revival has come when there’s the same climate in global politics – extreme scepticism – as when it first aired.
The original series, which ran between 1993 and 2002, was conceived in 1992 – the Us election year in which the TV presenter Pat Buchanan came an unnervingly close second to George Hw Bush in the New Hampshire primary, and the wacky billionaire Ross Perot horrified the Republican party by running as an independent – and winning 18.9% of the vote in the most successful presidential bid of modern times by a non-politician.
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- Mark Lawson
Former Republican presidential Pat Buchanan called into Neil Cavuto's show Friday to weigh in on the latest volley fired in the Gop's civil war, specifically the massive 22-part manifesto published by right-wing standard-bearer The National Review, bashing Donald Trump as unworthy to lead the conservative cause. The Review, he said, "gave up any pretense of objectivity" when it went after Trump. »
- Sam Reisman
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