Why are old talk shows never reran on cable?
July 3, 2011 4:54 PM Subscribe
Why are "classic" daytime talk shows (like Donahue, Geraldo, Sally, etc.) virtually never reran on cable?
posted by lankford to media & arts (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just wonder, if we have a channel that reruns game shows and many channels showing Everybody Loves Raymond, why hasn't someone picked up an old talk show? Talk shows usually did 200+ shows a year, times that by many years (Donahue did like 30 yrs), and you have a vast library. Donahue did lots of high-profile interviews (some on youtube), would be a shame for them not to see the light of day again.
Maybe it's that the shows are more dated/untopical and seemingly have low rerun value. Or the hosts won't sign the rights off. Or a legal issue that you have to get guest's permission to show them. Or in some cases, were the tapes destroyed/not preserved? Just thoughts.
I know they reran the David Letterman NBC shows somewhere. And USA showed a bunch of court show repeats way back.