Anderson's welcome and voice over video about Amy Winehouse ~
The following clip is about a father and daughter's special relationship, but in the end it wasn't enough ~
Anderson then chronicled Amy's decline in a voice over video and brought Amy's step-mom, Jane Winehouse (Amy's parents divorced when she was 10) and her great-aunt, Rene Selner onto the stage to share their impressions of Amy ~
In the following clip Anderson chronicled "what we know" about Amy's final days and Amy's boyfriend Reg Traviss joined the group to talk about his relationship with her ~
The family then talked about what they felt caused Amy's death, Mitch talked about getting the call about Amy's death,how Amy's is still with him and the black butterfly that flew in when he was giving the eulogy at Amy's funeral. At this point, Anderson took to the audience - one member spoke about how Amy had influenced her and another about losing her son to drugs ~
Anderson wrapped up today's program in the overflow room (there were more fans than seats for the program) and had a special message for those who had lost someone on September 11th ~
Blogger's Commentary ~
I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with the premiere of 'Anderson'. While I have always admired Anderson as a storyteller, especially in the field, I wasn't sure how I felt about my newsman hosting a daytime talk show. I really knew nothing about Amy Winehouse other than a snippet here or there that made the news about her drug and alcohol abuse and then her untimely death; I was not a fan of her music. I was a little underwhelmed when I heard that her parents would be Anderson's first guests; but when I tuned in today I learned about Amy as a young girl, the bond of a father and daughter, a boyfriend who tried to help her and looked forward to a future with her and a talented individual whose life was cut short most likely from years of drug and alcohol abuse. Anderson did a wonderful job "telling her story and the story of the people who loved her." I must say I'm looking forward to tuning in tomorrow to see what Mr. Cooper has in store for his viewers. Good job, Anderson, good job! ~ Wonz.