Maury (talk show)

Maury, originally titled The Maury Povich Show, is a syndicated American tabloid talk show hosted by Maury Povich.

Maury
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GenreTabloid talk show
Created byMaury Povich
Directed byAndrew Povich
Presented byMaury Povich
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons29 (since original airing)
23 (since revamp)
No. of episodes3,500+
Production
Executive producersPaul Faulhaber
Maury Povich
Running time42 minutes
Production companiesMoPo Productions
Faulhaber Media
(2009–present)
(Seasons 19–present)
Paramount Domestic Television
(1991–1998)
(Seasons 1–7)
Studios USA Television Distribution
(1998–2002)
(Seasons 8–11)
Universal Domestic Television
(2002–2004)
(Seasons 12–13)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
(2004–present)
(Seasons 13–present)
DistributorParamount Domestic Television
(1991–1998)
(Seasons 1–7)
Studios USA Television Distribution
(1998–2002)
(Seasons 8–11)
Universal Domestic Television
(2002–2004)
(Seasons 12–13)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
(2004–present)
(Seasons 13–present)
Release
Original networkSyndication
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (1991–2012)
480i (16:9 EDTV) (2012–2014)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2012–present)
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1991 (1991-09-09) –
present
External links
Website
Maury Povich

The series premiered in 1991 as The Maury Povich Show and was produced by MoPo Productions Inc. in association with Paramount Domestic Television. The show began unofficially using the title Maury in the 1995–1996 season, although its original title remained official until 1998, when Studios USA (now NBCUniversal) took over production and the show was officially retitled Maury. MoPo has continued to co-produce with NBCUniversal. For the series' first 18 seasons, it was taped in New York City, but beginning with Season 19, the show has been taped at the Rich Forum in Stamford, Connecticut, which is alternately known as the Stamford Media Center.[1] Maury is one of four NBC Universal syndicated properties to make the move to Connecticut, joining the formerly Chicago-based Jerry Springer (which ended in 2018, but currently airs in reruns) and Steve Wilkos shows. The fourth, the syndicated Deal or No Deal, ended production in 2010 and would be revived by CNBC in 2018. The Trisha Goddard Show became the fourth show in production with NBC Universal (but would leave the air in 2014). As of 2007, NBC-owned and operated stations no longer air Maury.

On September 17, 2012, during the premiere of its 22nd season, episodes of Maury began airing in widescreen, though not in high definition. On September 15, 2014, starting with its 24th season, episodes of Maury started airing in high definition. In October 2014, Maury was renewed through September 2018. In June 2018, Maury was renewed again through the 2019–2020 television season.[2]

In March 2020, Maury was renewed through the 2021–2022 season.[3]

Common show themesEdit

Maury has dealt with a variety of issues across its 21 seasons, including—but not limited to—teenage pregnancy, sexual infidelity, paternity test results, uncommon illnesses, makeovers, "out of control" teenagers, transgender individuals, obese children, domestic violence, little people, bullying, and unusual phobias. After the taping of these episodes, guests are often tracked for progress, both on air and on the Maury website.[4]

Episodes featuring updates on past guests are periodically aired throughout the year. Guests either appear in person or by video message updating Maury on their situations. At the end of every season, Maury does a countdown of the top 10 most memorable guests of the year, with updates on each guest.

StudiosEdit

For the first 18 seasons, Maury episodes were taped back-to-back at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The studio shared the facility in the Hotel Pennsylvania with The People's Court until the show relocated studios in 1998, and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show until its cancellation in 2002.

For the 2009–10 season, production was moved from New York City to Stamford, Connecticut, where the series is now taped at the Stamford Media Center, along with The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show. This move was made in part because Connecticut offered NBC a tax credit if production of these three series was moved to the state.[1]

Since 2009, the Maury Show has been filmed in the same studio hall as the Steve Wilkos Show, and until 2018, the Jerry Springer Show. A large overhead crane is used to hoist the centerpiece backdrop during conversions for show filming. It takes about 3 hours and a crew of about 15 decorators and electricians to convert the studio set from one show to the other. When a guest runs backstage on the Maury, it is not uncommon to see Steve Wilkos or Springer set props come into view. This is also vice versa.

Studio audience members obtain free tickets to the taping of Maury via the show's official website.

Content editingEdit

The series is edited to meet FCC regulations for indecency and obscenity, including bleeping of profane language and pixelization of nudity, though other censoring does take place; the series purposefully has guests avoid using their last names, mainly for the protection of minors and outside third parties, and said mentions of last names by guests (except for the show's rotation of experts) are bleeped in line with this policy. Additionally, no "uncut" versions of the show exist.

Internship promoting and telemarketingEdit

Two well publicized advertising methods on Maury relate to the hiring of interns as well as polling the television audience with the allure of "valuable offers". The latter is also a promotional tactic used on the show Divorce Court.

The show is known for promoting an in-house "intern program", encouraging college students to apply for employment. In a 2010, a United States Department of Education report indicated:

The talk show "Maury" is abusing government programs sponsored by the Department of Education. This production is attempting to prove that there is an overwhelming demand for interns and has solicited applications from hundreds of different institutions of higher learning. The interns are almost never hired; however, the production has applied under several clauses for government funding under claims that a large number of internships have been granted.[5]

Maury, like several daytime programs, also has a phone-in survey segment, a feature which has drawn criticism from some as the survey also features third-party "valuable offers" which may offer the purchase of some kind of product, but also give an inroad to telemarketers to round do not call lists, as the interaction technically counts as allowing those calls past do not call lists, and may place the number called from on 'do call' phone lists used by the telemarketing industry.

AwardsEdit

Maury has been nominated once, in 2017, for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment, losing to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

CriticismEdit

Some critics denounce Maury as being worse than other similar talk shows, such as The Jerry Springer Show. Like such shows, it uses guests' serious problems for the entertainment of the viewing audience, but treated with an insincere sympathy. Whitney Matheson wrote about the show in her USA Today column, "Povich's talk show is, without a doubt, the worst thing on television. Period. Don't be fooled by the pressed shirt and pleated khakis; Maury is miles farther down the commode than Jerry Springer."[6]

Spin-off and inspirationEdit

  • On February 27, 2012, it was announced that Maury regular Trisha Goddard, who hosted her own talk show in her native England, would be coming to America with The Trisha Goddard Show, which was produced by Maury executive producer Paul Faulhaber and premiered in syndication in fall 2012.[7] The show, considered a spin-off of Maury, was cancelled after two seasons.
  • Though not a spin-off, it has been reported that the tabloid talk/court show Paternity Court, which premiered on September 23, 2013, was inspired by Maury.[8]
  • Detroit-based underground rapper Fatt Father released his album You Are The Father named after this show.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Grego, Melissa (February 2, 2009). "'Springer,' 'Wilkos,' 'Maury' to Tape in Connecticut". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "'Jerry Springer', 'Maury' & 'Steve Wilkos' Renewed Through 2018". Deadline Hollywood. October 1, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Albiniak, Paige. "'Maury' Renewed for Two More Seasons". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  4. ^ "Story Tracker". Maury. Archived from the original on July 6, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Department of Education, Annual Fiscal Report (2010), pp. 215–289
  6. ^ Matheson, Whitney (December 3, 2002). "There shouldn't be a next time, America". USA Today. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "NBCUni's 'Maury' Spinoff Talk Show 'Trisha' Officially A Go For Fall With 80% Clearances". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: MGM to Launch 'Paternity Court' This Fall - 2012-12-12 22:52:29 | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2012-12-21.

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