Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Anderson: Undercover Investigations - Psychics

Anderson opened today's show explaining his curiosity with store front psychics and an undercover investigation set up by the show. After a video of the undercover investigation, Debra & Annie joined Anderson to discuss their experience.

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We heard from all sides of this story - a gypsy psychic found guilty of swindling and facing 20 years in jail in Florida & her lawyer, a former NYC District Attorney who called psychics nothing more than ponzi schemers, two other women who were scammed by psychics, and Betty & Steve who we met in the opening. There were questions from the audience and a woman in the audience spoke about her addiction to psychics along with a lawyer currently pursuing a civil case against a psychic. There was some humor mixed in with this big bucket of crazy, like Anderson asking the gypsy psychic, "If you are psychic, how come you didn't see the police coming to arrest you?" The following clip shows a couple more funny moments with Betty and Steve - when Anderson thinks he may have been cursed, not paying your friends, magical thinking & then Anderson thinks he may be psychic ~

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18 comments:

ACAnderFan said...

Today's episode of 'Anderson' wasn't too good. I mean do they really need an hour to tell us that psychics are frauds. Its like they're running out of show ideas.

Anonymous said...

Mediaite's headline in their article about today's show was "Anderson Cooper Channels Maury Povich..." and I must say I have to agree with their assessment. Today's show did nothing to elevate the daytime discussion. Anderson is so much batter than this.

I had such high hopes for his talk show as I really like his field reporting/storytelling. Unfortunately, from his original description of what he envisioned the show to be, it seems to me he's sold out to the same old tired daytime topics. Not to mention the close ups of concerned audience member's faces for dramatic effect -- being oh, so, distracting as a home viewer.

Today's topic and the working at Boston Market are just beneath him, IMO. Maybe a week off to reflect will do him some good.

-- Jenn

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree.
So now Anderson is into pyschics and gypsies and then you wonder why AC shares the same channel in the NY area, as Jerry Springer.

Anonymous said...

@Jenn: This may or may not get posted but it is worth a try.
The day he had his mother on, HE literally waited until the camera was on him, to wipe a tear from his eye, after Gloria told her story of his brother's suicide.
Now I know it was a heartfelt tale, but it was twenty-some years ago and I'm sure he's heard his mother's story repeated many times over. Did he wipe away a tear for dramatic effect like one of the Housewives on Bravo??
Again, as you say, Anderson is better than this, or so we thought.
I've never watched again.

Anonymous said...

Jenn, You can only do so many shows to capture the imagination, dayside, and then ultimately you become Jerry Springer Or Geraldo Rivera.
No Better.

Anonymous said...

I was looking at the part of the Anderson Website where they asked if you wanted to be on the show and read some of the topics, they were either tired old ones, or just plain crazy. I thought today's show might be interesting, but switched channels after the first 10 minutes, same old same old.

I'm sure they could find some topic that could bridge the day/night time divide, say homelessness and how some people survived and pulled themselves up or maybe about kids making a difference, but no they have to pick topics that they feel would have the wow factor - not working AND there is no place, that I can see where you can write to suggest good topics.

Oh and Rosie's new show seems to be doing great, not my cup of tea either. Oprah is back too, guess she just couldn't stay off the air.

I wanted AC to do good with the new show, but I'm not sure how it will turn out now. He really should have George Clooney on to talk about his new film(that I would watch)

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed todays show.Never watched any other daytime show so I can't compare them. I dvr Anderson.

Dorothy said...

I just must be living on a different planet because everything I google or read about his daytime show have him gaining in the ratings and that he is the second biggest new daytime show debut since Rachel Ray in 2006. I guess my internet is different than everyone elses. If you read the comments here he should have been cancelled 1,000 times on CNN and just signed again for lots of money and time. He is everywhere receiving awards for his coverage of issues and guest speaking and doing it well from what I've seen and read. I even believe his "fake tear" because I can shed the same tears over losing my sister 20 years ago.

Anonymous said...

@Dorothy,

I don't want to see his CNN program canceled. He's the best thing CNN has going - ratings wise. 360 has had it's ups and downs over the years with story selection, but overall I enjoy the program.

I just had higher hopes for the talk show -- that Anderson would elevate the daytime discussion, not emulate what's already out there. I've enjoyed some of the shows, but overall, not so much. Everyone has a right to their opinion and I respect that.

I'm not sure where you are getting your ratings information. I've been searching and find nothing about his ratings since week two and we are in week five. I saw the numbers for the top 25 syndicated programs for week 3 and Anderson isn't in that group, though Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Regis & Kelly, Judge Judy and the program he replaced in the Chicago market - Judge Joe Brown are. If you've found something more, please share your source. I'm very interested.

I think Anderson said last Spring that he wouldn't be doing any more speaking engagements as he was going to be concentrating on his talk show. He has however, popped up a few places to publicize his talk show and while 360 received two News Emmy's for their reporting in Haiti -- that was January of 2010 and Anderson did not attend the ceremony to accept the awards. I know he's only human and can only do so much. I don't expect him to do everything -- just hope that what he does do, he does well.

I'm not ready to throw the talk show under a bus, I just expected something a little more from Anderson.

-- Jenn

Anonymous said...

Dorothy, You may accept his "fake tear," and you also have the right to cry for any and all relatives, but do you do it on camera in front of an audience so all can see??
Big Difference.
Many of us prefer to cry alone and Anderson has done a complete 360, as far as being private is concerned, and those that don't think so, have not followed his career or thinking.
Yes, George Clooney would be a great "get" but the celebrities go where the eyeballs are and that's the prime networks.

Dorothy said...

@anonymous 1:09 - My life does not put me in front of cameras nor an audience, so I can't answer that. But, I do know I have shed tears in front of people before. I just thought the show with his mom was emotional and heart felt as I was getting choked up watching, so it just didn't seem fake to me. I think people just handle those situations differently and what may hit you hard at one moment may not the next depending what is going on in your life at that time.

Anonymous said...

@Dorothy -

I've lost both my parents, my dad 19 years ago and my mom 6. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of them. I totally agree with you that you never know when something's going to hit you and you find yourself tearing up/crying. Time may lessen the pain, but there's still a hole in our hearts.

Anderson's show with his mom has been my favorite. I've enjoyed a few others along the way, but daytime television isn't my thing, so I'm probably not the best one to judge the success of his new talker. I had been watching mostly because I like Anderson. Given the topics lately - I find myself watching less and less often, but that's just me and my general dis-like of daytime talker topics.

-- Jenn

Anonymous said...

Is Rosie relevant really?
If she regains her position and it's around 7PM EST, it will only be because of Oprah.
Just like Dr PHIL and OZ and the rest of the Oprah clan, they can all hang their shingle: I OWE IT ALL TO OPRAH.

Anonymous said...

I had no hopes for his talk show so I was not disappointed.

Anonymous said...

I never thought I'd not be thrilled at anything Anderson did, but the talk show is pushing me in that direction. Does anyone else thinnk that maybe it's the fact that it is taped, that the lack of spontanaity is missing?

It seems to me that Anderson's personality has notten lost; maybe too much of the program is done by others such as subject matter. It does seem to bear a strong resemblence to Jerry Springer and Sally Jessy Rafael. And what happened to showing other sides of his personality and having fun? I haven't seem much in the way of lighthearted material and some Andergiggles. He laughs more on his news program!

judy said...

11:08PM: I had to laugh at your last statement and you're right.
He also seems more relaxed on 360.
Not that I've watched his talk show.
Only the one with his mother and the pets, which he did seem to enjoy.
The thought about live VS. taped has been a recurring problem.
I like live theater and live shows.
I don't like taped anything so I don't gravitate towards talkers, especially if they not relevant and on in the afternoon.
There are too many commercials and there's just so much else to do during the day.
BUT.... I did notice that AC's Heroes Show will be LIVE this year.
The first one was live and it was the ONLY one I watched and the ratings were the best he has ever had....and it was in NYC!
The rest tanked.
So we are not alone in our thoughts.

Jack said...

To the person complaining about Anderson trearing up on tv:

There were two cameras on each of them all the time. The director simply switches from one camera to the other depending on what is happening. And any director in his right mind switches to the person who has tears in his eyes. He also didn't wipe away a tear from his eyes (are you making stuff up now?), he just touched his chin. You know, people make those little gestures when they tear up in public but do not really want to? He just blinked rapidly to cover it up.

My father died from cancer a couple of years ago and since then I have teared up several times in front of people, even while I was on the train just thinking of him.

Anonymous said...

I was at this very show!!! Second time I saw him in person!! Used to work at Madame Tussauds NY and was in that very room where he filmed his RidicuList segment that day!!!