At about this time last year, I provided in this blog a list of five daytime talk shows that you should check out to promote your book, film, or music. You can click here, Finding a Daytime Talk Show, to see the shows on that list. You'll find that I've provided a link to the shows' websites so you can poke around and see which shows might be the right fit for you. Since there seems to be a never-ending supply of TV talk shows, I decided to put together a new list for you. Like last year's list, these are shows that cater to a national TV audience. Some are general-interest programs, and some shows stick to a single topic like health or crafts.
The Tyra Show - I must admit I have never watched a single frame of this show hosted by Tyra Banks, but there is no denying its wild popularity with women and young people. The show hits on topics ranging from body image to the totally outlandish and bizarre. If you have a book or film that veers from the mainstream, this might be the perfect show for you.
Rachael Ray Show - Rachael was cut from the cloth of the master herself, Oprah. She's adorable. She's vibrant. She's destined for daytime TV stardom. She specializes in cooking and crafts, but she also branches out into general-interest topics from time to time.
Live With Regis and Kelly - It's true that television staple Regis Philbin just announced his pending retirement, but that doesn't mean the show won't go on. They retooled when Kathie Lee left, and I'm sure they'll do the same when Regis signs off, despite his legendary status. The show can be described in one word: fun. If you need more words: slightly wholesome. They focus a lot on celebrities, but they also highlight human interest stories.
The Doctors - Think of this show as The View for medical and health issues. It's a panel of honest-to-goodness doctors discussing topics that cover the health spectrum. If you've got a book or even a documentary that falls within this realm, give them a shot.
The View - Speaking of The View...They seem to love topics that are either controversial or centered on women's issues. If you have a book or film that pushes the envelope and can get the hosts worked up into an all out chat-fest, they may welcome you with open arms.
When you get to these websites, look for a message board where you can participate and showcase your credentials. The producers do scout their own boards for show ideas and potential guests. A lot of the shows will also list needs for upcoming shows. You may be a guest that can fit their needs perfectly, perhaps to provide an expert opinion or to otherwise weigh in on the topic of the day. It can be somewhat challenging to land a spot on a national TV show, but you never know until you try. Hey, maybe you could get your big break on daytime TV!
Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites aren't the only places where you can participate in online networking. Today, most of your top daytime talk shows have very active message boards on their Web sites and/or they have extensive lists of topics they plan to cover in upcoming shows, giving visitors to the Web site the opportunity to be on the show.
There's a host of daytime talk shows to choose from. If you have a book or film or even if you're in a band looking for a break, you have nothing to lose by visiting the Web sites and doing a little nosing around. You just might find that they have an upcoming show for which you would be the perfect guest. Here are a few of the biggies:
Oprah: Okay, she made a very public announcement that she was ending her syndicated show, but that doesn't mean she's going away. She's starting her own network, which will carry a new version of The Oprah Winfrey Show.Oprah isn't just a TV host. She's an industry mogul who has her hands in several different TV projects. She also has a very active message board on her Web site. There's no time like the present to start networking on the boards and making a name for yourself as an expert in your field.
Ellen DeGeneres: Ellen is fun. She's always looking for guests who can provide her with memorable, viral video moments. Are you a humorist? Do you have a whacky film? Is your music cutting edge, funky, and something Ellen can dance to? If you're anywhere outside the box, you're made for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Visit her site to look for a list of topics for upcoming shows.
Dr. Phil: Dr. Phil is an Oprah protégé. His show is a self-help haven. If you have a survivor's story, or a formula for success, there might be a place for you on Dr. Phil's show. Join his community and start making your case by offering your best advice and sharing your experiences.
Martha Stewart: You know what Martha Stewart is all about. Are you a chef, a decorator, a gardener? Can you make a difficult home improvement project look easy? Join Martha Stewart's community and showcase your brand.
Dr. Oz: Are you a health expert? Have you developed a surefire diet and exercise program? Do you have a story about overcoming illness? You might be the perfect quest for Dr. Oz's show.
These are just a few of the shows that are out there today. If you see a talk show on TV you think you would be perfect for, look them up online. They may either have a message board or a wish list of topics they want to cover, or if you're really lucky, both.
Richard is an employee of CreateSpace and an award-winning author.