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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The Show Changed. Now it Sucks!!!!

Author: Hemin-ha from United States
16 June 2008

This show has gone through more recent changes than the costumes at a Madonna concert.

At one point "The Big Idea" was a great celebrity-based talk show. At another it brought help to would-be entrepreneurs. It even focused on the 2008 presidential election.

A great example of this constant shifting of focus occurred on Wednesday June 4, 2008 when the show took a dramatic shift away from its prove*n* business-entrepreneurial format. Instead, the show focused each night on a singular esoteric theme and hashed and re-hashed it for an hour. Gone were the cool inventors and their cutting edge products. Gone were the celebrity guests who rated above the D-List. Gone were the real, tangible pieces of advice that Donny used to give to would-be entrepreneurs. The show packed far too many guests on it, too many visuals (including a distracting scroll of quotes at the bottom of the screen), and too many video packages that it all amounted to a confusing and deadly dull mess. For example, on June 16, 2008 the show packed one sports figure after the next. One by one they babbled on and on about sports and winning games at any expense. It was all better suited for an audience with ADD and hopped-up on speed wanting to see a late Sunday night sports show, than it was for an audience needing how-to business advice. Overall the guests that then appeared on this version of the show shot so far over the audience's head in such a heavy-handed dusty dry way that some wondered how the show managed to hold on to any viewers. An article at the time claimed that the ratings had dropped so low that they were not even measurable by the A.C. Nielsen Company.

Donny Deutsch is now completely disconnected from his guests, hitting bullet points instead of truly engaging them in discussion. Remember those days when Donny was known for his energized interviews? That old fire in his eyes is gone. Why is it that he gladly accepts anything the big-wigs at CNBC suggest to him as changes to his show's format? As an ad man who has shown the world his opinion should be listened to, one would hope he will one day fight for what he knows is right for his show.

The latest news out of CNBC is that Donny's show has been put on "hiatus" (a euphamism for "cancelled"?). There's two infamous upper level executives at the company who can be blamed for this. Shame on them for ruining what had once been one of the best news-related shows on the air. Shame on them for wasting the great talents of Donny Deutsch.

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4 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

One of the best of its kind currently on the air

Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK
15 January 2006

I found myself stumbling across Donny Deutsch's TV talk/news show numerous times recently and each time his interviews were engaging, well-researched and amiable. He has a way of asking probing questions without coming across as a hard-headed, ignorant reporter. He seems like an average, nice guy which may be part of the reason so many of the people he interviews seem to like him.

I saw his interviews with Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee a few months back and both were very good. I've also seen his take on the news and I usually agree with him.

Overall this is one of my favorite talk show-newscasts on the air right now, and a lot better than Bill O'Reilly.

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1 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Why aren't you discussing important issues like claims of 350 tons of nuclear munitions dumped on troops in the 'first' gulf war?

Author: Ed Bailey from United States
8 August 2006

I'm sorry, but I'm getting tired of the 30-second 'sound-byte' handling of important issues facing this country and its very civility, in more or less a drive-through fashion.

We have some serious issues in this country, and if every network isn't under the puppetry of the IMF, then I'd like to see some issues dealt with without the MTV-styled, 'nothing-real' approach.

How can we continue to perform illegal acts, and throw big rocks at our neighbors? The U.N. has declared, for example, that nuclear waste ammunition is 'unnaceptable' and a 'violation' of international principles of warfare, and yet - we dumped 350 tons of expended-uranium munitions during the first gulf 'war.' If we stop asking important questions, simply because 'government' has stopped answering them, without double-talk designed to befuddle the simple-minded, then we are the loser - no matter the question.

I'll watch for a while, to see if there is anything worthwhile, but only for a time. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinion.

And you can choose to blacklist me or not - your choice. It's of no consequence to me to be sure.

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