Giving daytime TV a chance.

Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams.
Daytime talk show host Wendy Williams.

A few weeks ago, “CBS News Sunday Morning” aired a feature on Wendy Williams. Yes, I know, Wendy Williams probably isn’t the person you think of when I mentioned daytime television. It is my impression that to Hollywood, and perhaps the general public, Ms. Williams is to the TV world what tabloids are to news and journalism – insulting.

But, in true “CBS News”-fashion, the feature opened my eyes to a different side of Williams. I’m sure most people, or at least fans of Williams, are aware of her past as a radio personality – I was not.

She got started in radio in college, and quickly made a name for herself as she did not hold back, and actually was one of the first people to make claims regarding Whitney Houston’s drug abuse, even asking her on air about it.  Over the years, she gained a listenership of 12 million. Wow!

“The Wendy Williams Show” aired in 2008, and was supposed to be a simple, trial run. And here we are in 2016, with her show still running, and very successful. However, the CBS news program failed to touch on her controversial comments regarding historically black colleges and the NAACP; for which three producers were fired, along with a dropped sponsorships.

Either way, I always appreciate hearing someone’s backstory – especially if it shines a little light on why things are the way they are. Perhaps I’ll have to DVR some episodes of “The Wendy Williams Show” and see more for myself.

Also two weeks ago, Dr. Phil hosted Lynn Hartman on his show – she is engaged to “Making a Murderer” star Steven Avery. Umm what? When I heard this, I set my DVR immediately.

Over a span of two episodes, Dr. Phil interviewed Hartman and her daughter, and even talked to Avery from prison, via a telephone intervew. Ms. Hartman, recently divorced, told the story of how she watched the Netflix documentary starting Avery – like many of us did, but felt a connection with Avery.

She felt compelled to write him a letter, enclosed with a photo of herself, and two weeks later he’d written her back. They corresponded via handwritten letters and phone calls for eight months before they were engaged, and she eventually got to meet him in-person at the prison.

I’ll admit, the entire thing was a little creepy, and it made me feel sorry for Lynn. It’s obvious she was looking for love, and possibly in all the wrong places. Of course, it was still an interesting story to hear.

Just a day after these episodes aired, a story came out reporting that Lynn and Steven broke up. Here’s the scoop from ibtimes:

According to E! News, Avery called off his engagement to the Las Vegas legal secretary because he believes she’s a gold digger and was just trying to use him for fame and money. The outlet reported that news the pair had split was announced in a Facebook post by Avery’s former fiancée and friend Sandra Greeman.

“I have a statement that I need passed around to groups,” she wrote. “Steve called me two times tonight and wants everyone to know that Lynn and him are done. She has been in this relationship for money and publicity. His eyes are finally opened.” Greeman said in her post that Lynn received at least $5,000 from Dr. Phil for an appearance and another $1,000 for doing other TV appearances. Avery and Hartman are scheduled to talk about their whirlwind romance Monday and Tuesday on “Dr. Phil.”

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out – they brought up the gold digger accusations on the show, but she denied them, and that seemed to be the end of it. Even the phone call with Steven seemed genuine, and he didn’t say anything to allude that he was not into the relationship.

Are there any daytime TV shows that you record on a regular basis? I’d love to hear them – you know I’m a TV junkie!

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