I liked this show, watching it nightly for awhile, and am surprised that some 15 years later it has ZERO reactions on IMDb -no comments/no boards. Probably because it predates the current "morning after" voting era on IMDb.
As the show progressed I enjoyed mightily Chuck's willingness to pour his heart out on the air. It wasn't exactly entertainment per se, but a refreshing throwback to the '60s when I was an addict of numerous TV talk shows with egocentric hosts (some had NO guests at all!), forerunners of the rightwing glut on radio decades later. I was glued night after night to lengthy doses of Alan Douglas, locally Don Robertson (I lived in Cleveland then), Lou Gordon, Irv Kupcinet and sometimes even Joe Pyne -the ORIGINAL rightwing nutcase.
What Grodin did was of course political, by definition, but more accurately personal. Sure, Regis complains every morning over every little incident in his life and Seinfeld made a billion out of reporting colorfully on the tiniest non-incident he encountered. But Grodin carried the Dick Cavett-style of over-the-top sincerity past the breaking point; a loyal viewer like myself was downright embarrassed at times about what was coming out of Grodin's mouth spontaneously. Often satirized at the time (he's sort of a sincere version of the blowhards that Martin Short can portray so effortlessly), Grodin's soapbox outbursts nightly were classic in a way. You either were riveted by his stream of consciousness and non sequiturs, or you quickly changed the channel, never to return.
I never met Grodin, although I did interview him by phone in the mid-'80s when he was working on his very personal (but unsuccessful) movie that eventually was released with the title MOVERS & SHAKERS. His TV talkshow was one-of-a-kind and obviously forgotten. Fortunately he will be remembered for his fine performances, usually in the George Segal/Richard Benjamin romantic comedy vein, but led by the classic teaming opposite De Niro in MIDNIGHT RUN, wherein he actually outshone his megawatt costar.
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