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I'll be right back : memories of TV's greatest talk show
Douglas, Mike.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [2000]

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317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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PN1992.77.M55 D68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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A memoir by a popular talk-show host looks back on interviews with his many guests, including Barbra Streisand, Malcolm X, Fred Astaire, Mother Teresa, and Jay Leno.

Author Notes

Thomas Kelly worked in construction, graduated from Fordham & Harvard, then served as Mayor David N. Dinkins' liaison the labor unions. A Teamster, he writes for "Esquire" & the "Daily News". His first novel, "Payback", has been adapted by David Mamet for a feature film.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

For those to whom the image of Mike Douglas, TV talk-show host and leisure suit wearer extraordinaire, is indistinct, here's a hint: he's not Merv Griffin. Douglas did syndicated daytime blab fests before Donahue or Oprah, in a format more like Johnny Carson's than Jerry-Ricki-Jenny's. Douglas stood out by having John Lennon and Yoko Ono do a week as guest hosts, and his tales of the Douglas-Lennon-Ono team are well worth the price of the book. Douglas also provides a glimpse of his life story, but only a glimpse. His show is the thing here, and out of it he squeezes such celebrity observations as "Little Richard and Liberace had disparate musical styles, but I think they used the same tailor." The two pianists appeared on the same show, exemplifying a Douglas show hallmark, an eclectic roster of guests. A good showbiz memoir, Douglas' book should help reintroduce him to TV audiences. --Mike Tribby

Publisher's Weekly Review

Nationally syndicated within two years of its debut in 1961, singer Mike Douglas's 90-minute daily talk show became an entertainment phenomenon by booking contrasting personalities on the same show, including such offbeat musical duos as Arlo Guthrie and Florence Henderson. In 1967, The Mike Douglas Show was the first syndicated talk show to win an Emmy, and Douglas became the first TV star to earn a million dollars a year. Unwittingly pinpointing this book's central flaw, Douglas comments, "I could fill this chapter with just the names of quality musical talents who graced our stage and still not have room for half of them." Since more than 30,000 guests were booked on his show over more than 20 years, including then-unknowns Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand and Bill Cosby, it's easy to see why. Marlon Brando and Red Skelton each receive three pages, while Milton Berle, Judy Garland, Jonathan Winters, Ted Kennedy and many others garner a page or less (for those squeezed out, each chapter opens with a lengthy list of names). Writing in a glib, showbiz style, Douglas shuffles memories like unruly cue cards, often without any transitions. One of the most insightful and substantive chapters dissects and critiques more than two dozen current talk shows. Oddly, this "autobiography" devotes no more than 12 pages to Douglas's childhood, his navy life and his pre-1961 radio, TV and recording careers. 3-city author tour; 25-city radio satellite tour. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Douglas looks back on two decades of talk, talk, and more TV talkÄalways with great success. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

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Introductionp. 11
Forewordp. 13
1. A Million to Onep. 15
2. Your Hit Parade, with your hostp. 37
3. A Thousand Clowns, with your hostp. 79
4. Inside Hollywood, with your hostp. 124
5. Wide World of Sports, with your hostp. 157
6. Meet the Press, with your hostp. 183
7. You Are There, with your hostp. 211
8. The Greatest Hits of The Mike Douglas Showp. 233
9. TV Guide, with your hostp. 267
10. Queen for a Dayp. 287
Indexp. 307
Photo Creditsp. 319