I Love Daytime TV (especially when I’m on it)

During my twenties while I probably should have been in the library, I was parked in front of the TV soaking up daytime programming.  My best friend and I obsessed over the plot lines of General Hospital. I longed to co-host The View from the day the show premiered.  But it wasn’t until I stayed home with my first baby that my true love affair started.  Trapped on my couch nursing my colic baby every hour, I envisioned my own Oprah/Ellen/fun/spiritual mash-up where we danced in the aisles before greeting Eckhart Tolle.  So I don’t have a show of my own and I’m not even being interviewed for my expertise on anything, but I have made appearances (both speaking!) on daytime television.  Twice.

When I was in law school (read: had LOTS of free time on my hands) I went to see a taping of The View.  While I was there, a producer plucked me and my wavy hair out of the audience to come back and do a segment for “fun sleepover hair-dos.”  The hosts and the guests all dressed in pajamas.  A limo (ok, it was a car service sedan) picked me up at my apartment.  I had my own dressing room and hair & make-up done.  I met all the co-hosts (it was the Lisa Ling era) including Barbara Walters.  They were taping two shows that day so I also met Garth Brooks and Gena Davis.   It was incredibly freaking cool.

So when a friend hooked me up with a producer at The Katie Show for another appearance like that, I was psyched.  Not only am I a total Katie fan from way back, but I also fit the criteria they were looking for: a NYC mom of a child aged 3-5.  I volunteered my heart out.  When I arrived via a special guest entrance, the producer instructed me to ask a general “mommy myth” type question.  Then she ushered me to hair and make-up where those two amazing women summoned nothing short of a miracle to transform my frizzy triangle-shaped mane (it was unseasonably warm and humid that day) into a sleek bob.

Then I got to my seat and I was blown away.  Katie is simply stunning, up close and in person.  The audience is small and intimate so every member feels like a part of the show.  It wasn’t only the set-up though.  Katie engaged us the whole time, asking questions, chit-chatting, and riffing with the crowd constantly.  This audience was in for an unusually long haul (almost 5 hours!) but she kept asking if we had enough to eat and how we were all feeling.  Every single member of the crew matched her charming tone  – from the comedian who entertained us, to the cameramen, to the sound woman, and every producer.  It was a first-rate operation.**

Now that I have blown this totally out of proportion and you are expecting to see an hour-long interview where Katie and I find an instant connection right before your eyes, I’m including my one minute silly little clip. But I’m warning you, I am a huge dork and I’m not apologizing for my sheer geek-ness over appearing on national TV.  I have zero ability to play it cool and you’ll see that in hi-def.  I warned you.

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**I was NOT compensated for this appearance or this blog post.  The Pollyanna enthusiasm is all mine.

12 thoughts on “I Love Daytime TV (especially when I’m on it)

  1. Oh my gosh, you look gorgeous!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! And what a great question. I was wondering that one myself. I’m so glad you had this opportunity, what a cool memory!!

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