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Tom Snyder (I) (qv), like eventual NBC NIGHTLY NEWS anchor Tom Brokaw (qv), had been a blow-dried newsreader in LA in the '60s and earliest '70s, but when Snyder came to the NBC network, he didn't continue in a straight-news format; TOMORROW, which followed THE TONIGHT SHOW (qv) when that program still ran 90 minutes, was (usually) a limbo-set interview program with Snyder sometimes chatting with off-camera staff and crew, and sometimes seemingly with himself, before getting around to his guests for a given episode. Dan Ackroyd (qv) did a remarkably good caricature of Snyder from the earliest episodes of "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" (qv). Among Snyder's most famous interviews was a relatively rare out-of-studio interview with Charles Manson (qv), wherein Snyder baited the convicted felon; among the other low points of the series was a disastrous interview with cartoonist and writer Gahan Wilson (qv), wherein Wilson was presumably asked to bring his collection of rare Teddy bears, only to be treated very rudely by Snyder while discussing them. A longer-term low point was the addition, by NBC, of gossip reporter Rona Barrett (qv) to the series, in its penultimate season, as co-host. However, in happier times, the show was unusually free-form and spontaneous for network television in the 1970s; Harlan Ellison (qv) was among the occasional guests to be seen only rarely, if at all, on other network programming. Snyder went on to a radio career and to be the founding host of THE LATE LATE SHOW (qv) on CBS-TV, as an employee of and followup to David Letterman (qv).
One 1979 show, I watched Tom Synder interview Holly-Wood celebrity and psychic person who seemed to communicated awareness(esp)of insights to all there from no where land. Knowledge of deity coming from other side psychic's claim to know and this live deity is speaking to him then! Saying it's from TV land on other side of camera's lens that's recording show. Doc Severson along with his personal psychic and companion friend, a guest who's name I don't remember(?). And this show (accident)had video shots where Tom seemed to be off airtime and in between those commercial breaks (live or recorded)all were responding to deity with psychic involved making contact claiming esoteric deity's (esp)active-mind is coming from inside camera's record. And psychic tried to respond back with some success at other side and described actual communication into mystic'readings'From worlds of television. Another show was a daytime soap opera's of some sort back in 1983-4 which had actor's actual responses to camera deity and women portray going through strange sexual pain and scenes where with male actors responding was by discarding script readings and turning into looking at camera and asking it questions of why its all this happening now and to women on show airing then. I wonder if more shows and actors will be airing talking shows to TV land audiences and getting a feedback out of television events so audiences can inter-act to be better shows with greater content in society's lives. Please respond in kind.
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