The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows / Edition 1

The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows / Edition 1

by Laura Grindstaff
     
 

From "classy" shows like Oprah to "trashy" shows like Jerry Springer, the key to a talk show's success is what Laura Grindstaff calls the money shot-moments when guests lose control and express joy, sorrow, rage, or remorse on camera. In this probing work, Grindstaff takes us behind the scenes of daytime television talk shows, a genre focused

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From "classy" shows like Oprah to "trashy" shows like Jerry Springer, the key to a talk show's success is what Laura Grindstaff calls the money shot-moments when guests lose control and express joy, sorrow, rage, or remorse on camera. In this probing work, Grindstaff takes us behind the scenes of daytime television talk shows, a genre focused ostensibly on "real" stories told by "ordinary" people. Drawing on extensive interviews with producers and guests, her own attendance at dozens of live tapings across the country, and more than a year's experience working on two nationally televised shows, Grindstaff examines how and why producers get the money shot: how they elicit tears, shouting matches, and fistfights from their guests; why the guests agree to participate; and the supporting roles played by studio audiences and experts.

Tracing the arc of the money shot, Grindstaff illustrates the process by which producers make stars and experts out of ordinary people, reproducing old forms of cultural hierarchy and class inequality even while seeming to challenge them. She argues that daytime talk shows give a voice to people normally excluded from the media spotlight, but only allow them to speak in certain ways and under certain rules and conditions. Working to understand the genre from the inside rather than pass judgment on it from the outside, Grindstaff asks not just what talk shows can tell us about mass media, but also what they reveal about American society and culture more generally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226309118
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Word about Names
The Principal Cast
Prologue. Setting the Stage
1. Airing Dirty Laundry
2. The Genre Goes Hard-Core: A Brief History of Talk Shows and the Money Shot
3. Talk as Work: Routinizing the Production Process
4. Talk as Show (a Show of Emotion)
5. The Other Side of the Camera: Motives and Misgivings
6. Inside the Fun House
7. Will the Real Expert Please Stand Up?
8. Class, Trash, and Cultural Hierarchy
Epilogue. Airing Another Kind of Dirty Laundry: Confessions of a Feminist Fieldworker
References
Index

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