Long before she became a houshold name as one of the funniest and most controversial comediennes of all-time and before she hosted her 1990's daytime chat fest, Joan Rivers had her very first daytime talk show in the 1968-1969 televison season which was syndicated to most NBC stations. Although only lasting one year "That Show with Joan Rivers" is available now in this 3-disc DVD set after being originally released in three different individual sets.
"That Show" featured some of the biggest names of the day in showbiz, everyone from Johnny Carson, Florence Henderson, ED Sullivan and Soupy Sales and Joan was her old self, the one with the mouth that wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind. Each episode covered a certain topic in which both Joan and her guest discussed.
The series was broadcast over most NBC-owned stations at 9:30 am Eastern for a half hour was became a huge success. However, half way through the season many stations began airing "That Show" at different times of the day to compete with soap operas, game shows and other afternoon fare. As a result "That Show's" ratings plummeted and Joan, fed up with the bad numbers and being exhuasted, decided to call it quits.
The episodes have never been seen on television since it went off the air in 1969. Since the shows themselves are being released in volumes I would suspect that if sales are good more volumes will be made available.
The following is a list of topics covered in each volume:
Volume 1 covered "Nudism", "Interior Decorating", "Natural Childbirth", "Children in Show Business", "Women's Hats" and "Social Director".
Volume 2 covers "Cosmetic Surgery", "Etiquette", "Are You In Shape?", "Hypnosis", "Catering", and "Teenagers Today".
Volume 3 has "Does Your Child Love You?", "The Jetset", "Do You Need A Maid", "Fan Magazines", "Speed Reading" and "Men's Furs".
"That Show..." has been cleaned from their original network prints, comes in full screen and has mono sound.