Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ed Sullivan Is Too Square For The Boob Tube

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Ed Sullivan was known as a smooth-talking TV icon, but he wouldn’t stand a chance on the tube today.

That’s the dirt from James Maguire, author of the biography Impresario: The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan (Ten Speed Press), who believes Sullivan’s square personality wouldn’t hold up with today’s TV titans.

Says Maguire: “Sullivan was so incredibly stiff on stage. People watch entertainers like Jay Leno and David Letterman to watch them perform. Sullivan really had no personality.”

But there was one thing Sullivan did well with his famous variety program, The Ed Sullivan Show.

Maguire says, “Though he himself wasn’t an entertainer, Sullivan knew how to entertain the American public. He understood the audience and came to represent the best of American culture.”

Maguire also salutes Sullivan’s tenacity, despite his lack of talent.

He says, “Sullivan was really obsessed with fame, but he couldn’t do anything to make himself famous. He couldn’t sing, or tell jokes, or anything. But he ended up succeeding in the entertainment business anyway.”

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