After several guest hosting appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Dave was given his own morning talk-show. This show included a full orchestra, news breaks, and a cast of regulars. Although not long-run, it introduced Dave to the general public on a wide scale and in a way was the test run for his wildly popular Late Night with David Letterman, which ran on NBC for years, later followed by The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
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Fred Silverman wanted this to be a daytime talk/service show with a regular "family" of performers ninety minutes live every morning at ten from New York. Arthur Godfrey's name was mentioned as what to shoot for. However, Dave and Merrill Markoe didn't care what Silverman wanted; they had their own vision of what their show would be: funny, inventive, groundbreaking. Everything daytime television had never been. See more