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Crusin for a Boozin Bartenders Talk Show TV Reality


 
Face it, the talk show format is stale, tired, drained-dry. Same narcissists promoting their latest lousy movies, or pundits, politicians, and think-tank iguanas pushing for war or austerity measures intended to choke the poor, or some diphead reality TV contestant who just got eliminated because their souffle blew a tire or something.

Finally, a fresh idea for a talk show, using real real people, not Botoxed banshees and their suburban-jungle mates: the men and women who pour alcohol and pass the peanuts so that our nation shall remain free. 

It is the brainchild of blogdom's favorite bartender to the stars, Scribbler50 at Behind the Stick. He's even got a title for the show: "Bartenders After Dark."

There used to be a show in the 80′s and 90′s called “The Sportswriters on TV”, which I watched with regularity and couldn’t get enough of. It was just four guys sitting around a big round table like Charlie Rose”s “this table” (which Charlie pronounces as though it were the sacred Rosetta Stone), and the background was also like Charlie Rose’s, a no-nonsense, black as night non-light, with cigar smoke spiraling from ash trays suggestive of a poker game. And what I really liked about watching this show was the men never looked at the camera or sought its red light, they just talked to each other. And you as the viewer were eavesdropping on these experts. The usual four experts at the table were Bill Jaus, Bill Gleason, Ben Bently and the celebrated Rick Telander, all I think out of Chicago which was where the show was shot. And the thing was a hit!

So given how much I enjoyed that format and how much it lends to this premise, wouldn’t it be a terrific show, or at least one of loyal niche interest, to have a show like that featuring four New York bartenders? Or Boston bartenders, Chicago bartenders (pick a different city each week), with male and female professional barkeeps taking a seat after hours at a bar or “this table”, telling their tales of the day or their all time classics? Call it “Bartenders After Dark”. Why if cast well I really think it could be terrific! Especially with this thirst for reality TV whose quenching has just about run out of any fresh spring water, and where just about every snake has been ripped from his snake hole. And made famous. Or infamous in most cases when they get to be famous.

Anyway, even the great David Susskind, legendary host of a long ago talk show which bore his name from the 50′s well into the 70′s, thought enough of this concept to use it as an episode. He invited three New York bartenders on his show, one of whom was the late, great Paddy Quinn (is that a bartender’s name or what?) who at Mr. Susskind’s behest just told their best bar stories. Or shared some behind the scenes stuff which was really unknown back then. And it worked. And was funny. Because everyone loves a good bar story, (no?), and who any better to tell that story than a bartender?

Then the Bartenders could have a review segment, where they "critique" the performance of bartenders on movies and TV, such as Ed Burns' in Nice Guy Johnny, Tom Cruise in Cocktail, and those bare-navel mixologists in Coyote Ugly. This could be highly entertaining and educat!onal! Now pass me some of those peanuts, you've been Bogarting them all night.

 

 



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