In the 1990s, daytime TV was loaded with talk shows hosted by minor celebrities. Most didn’t last more than a year. How many of these do you remember?
Hosted by Tempestt Bledsoe, the actress who played middle-child Vanessa on the hugely popular sitcom The Cosby Show, this show was meant to attract viewers who were, like Bledsoe, in their early 20s. It didn’t work—the show barely lasted one season (1995 to 1996).
There was no hotter show for teens in the 1990s than Beverly Hills, 90210. It made teen idols out of Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, and Jennie Garth. Gabrielle Carteris co-starred as brainy school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman. Carteris, who was portraying a 16-year-old at age 30, left the show in 1995 for her own talk show, which lasted one season.
Sassy was an influential, irreverent magazine for teenage girls, and was the brainchild of editor Jane Pratt. In 1993, she got her own TV talk show called Jane. Focusing on issues affecting young women, the show lasted one year. It’s best known for a performance by the alternative rock band Ween, who later admitted they were very high on drugs at the time.
In the ’70s, Danny Bonaduce was famous as a kid star on The Partridge Family. In the 2000s, he was famous for meltdowns and drug problems captured in his reality show, Breaking Bonaduce. In between (1995 to 1996), he hosted a talk show.
The Mark Walberg Show
No, the rapper formerly known as Marky Mark who later became Academy Award-nominated movie star Mark Wahlberg did not host a talk show in the ’90s. This one was hosted by Mark L. Walberg, a TV personality best known as the host of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.
Carnie Wilson was best known as the daughter of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and member of the ’90s pop trio Wilson Phillips when she landed this talk show in 1995. It lasted a year, before the production company retooled in, fired Wilson, and turned it into The Rosie O’Donnell Show.