Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Big Idea with Donny Deutch

I have been watching a "talk show" for a while now called The Big Idea with Donny Deutch. I pretty much just stumbled across the show one night, and have been watching it ever since.

I was first introduced to Donny through the TV show The Apprentice. Donny runs one of the largest advertising firms in America (also has an office in Toronto), with accounts ranging from Johnson & Johnson, to Coors Brewing Co. Just his advertising mind alone is something to be admired for anyone seriously thinking about entering the world of advertising. He has done amazing things for some of the largest companies in the world.

Enough of his business side though, I am writing about his show. It can be seen on weeknights at 9p.m. cst and again at Midnight cst on CNBC. It is a very fascinating show for many reasons. First, Donny is a pretty moderate person. He declares himself to be a "purple" state, and while I may not completely agree with everything he says, it is very nice to see a person actually open minded to both points of view. Another great thing about the show is the guests he brings on. In just his first season on television, he has already been able to book some of Hollywood and Washington's most powerful faces.

The overall great appeal of the show is the mix of politics and entertainment. He is able talk about a wide variety of topics with all of his guests, go toe to toe with some of politics heavy hitters, and all the while stick to his own guns.

He, contrary to popular belief and current news articles, is the one who came up with the idea of boycotting Aruba. He has taken a personal, not just a ratings, interest in what happened to Natalie Holloway, and is always having her mother on the show for updates. He is determined not to just have this story fade away out of the public's mind, and he is correct - without America's tourism to the island, Aruba would just fade away. The economic pressure a tourism boycott would put on that country would lead the government to take seriously the search for Natalie.

But I digress - watch the show. It is not only entertaining, but informative, and for the most part presents both sides to all the stories, which is something refreshing to see. He also has a new book out that I am going to be picking up sometime in the near future called Often Wrong, Never in Doubt. I suspect it should be a good read.

7 Comments:

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Lindsay said...

I've been boycotting for 20 years, I'm way ahead.

 
At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Hahaha....Deutch...

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Mom said...

I was able to watch a smidge while I was taping for you and Heather one night. Yeah, he is interesting. Is there a possibility he could give you cut for your advertising on your blog site? Worth a shot.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donny Deutch has a lot to learn about interviewing people. His interview with the Nugents is a good example. Donny is too nieve and bull-headed about the viewpoints of others, while not going into detail to prove his usually negative viewpoint of the guest.

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deutch is a sad excuse for what passes as "entertainment." Tonight's topic: "porn on campus."

Really? Who knew?

The Simpson's already did the parody of such news shows, but Groening and co. were laughing.

How Donny keeps a straight face is beyond me.

 
At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donny .....

Your guest May 23rd mentioned that the 19 hijackers came from Canada, not Mexico. Since you were involved with comments concerning your president's reported intelligence deficit, perhaps you should have protected your own image by immediately correcting your guest and indicating that none of the 9-11 hijackers had entered the US through Canada, nor through Mexico. This is common knowledge in the rest of the world .... perhaps Americans should give recognition to the truth and to their true friends.

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Liz said...

You know you've reached a level only dreamed of by most bloggers when you get your first anonymous flame! Congratulations Ryan :D

 

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