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It tried to be "Evening Magazine", 29 December 2000

"DayTime Live" was originally a local talk show produced by WXBY-TV in Boston,MA, which debuted early in 1999 in that area. Airing at 10:00 a.m. to the Boston crowd, it was well produced considering the limited set which was used in the beginning to hold a studio audience. The original show format went like this: the host would open the show introducing todays interviewed guests (local and national celebrities)and would hold activities and contests with the audience in between interviews. There would be the interviewer chatting with the guests, who would also act as a co-host on the show. Ryan Walsh was the original host, with Mike Sidoni as interviewer and his sidekick. I have to admit those two made a great team when "DTL" first came on. THE CATCH- WXBY-TV decided to put "DayTime Live" into the Program Exchange syndication one month after its local premiere. The Dallas TX, Providence RI, Los Angeles CA, and Albany NY markets picked up the Boston-produced "DTL" and in exchange WXBY-TV would carry a few local shows on their lineup from the other markets. It worked out great at first. It was sort of the same idea with "Evening Magazine" which started out in LA in 1976 and then went national to all markets, which produced their own versions of the show.

Ryan Walsh apparently did not want to see his face in other TV markets since his salary was too low, so he quit "DTL" in April of 1999. His buddy Mike Sidoni was promoted to host, with Ashley Vecchio as the new interviewer. Ratings for the show dipped in Boston over the next year, which caused Program Exchange to drop out of the syndication deal. "DTL" had its last national showing in July 2000, while WXBY-TV pulled the local plug in September.

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A Sitcom Worth Watchimg!!, 18 April 2000

I first saw "Too Close for Comfort" last fall as reruns on a local WLVI-TV in Boston.Ted Knight, in his last TV role, was excellent in the role of Henry Rush, cartoonist of "Cosmic Cow". Oh sure.....I also thought Henry's wife Muriel and and two grown up daughters Sara and Jackie added comic relief but my all time favorite character has to be Monroe Ficus (JM J. Bullock) who was a very geeky and stupid person. He became a very big part of Henry's family in later episodes originally passed as Sara's student friend from college.