An immigrant from England in the forties, when he was a very young child, Jerry Springer has become an all-American, all-singing all-dancing celebrity. The Jerry Springer show is normally broadcast in the late evenings and normally lasts for about 45 minutes. The show normally begins with chants of Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. The camera moving around wildly amongst the audience zooming in and out and a voiceover introducing the host by announcing, Ladies and gentlemen, the eighth wonder of the world, Jerry Springer.
The audience then begin chanting Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. Various camera angles and shots are used to emphasise and dramatise the action so creating a tense atmosphere. The show tries to cover several issues but are not the central issues affecting our society. Issues such as your lover belongs to me or sex secrets revealed are typical subjects seen regularly. The guests who appear on the show usually reflect the stories covered in the way that they talk and behave. Some come on the stage half dressed and sometimes they come on swearing at the audience.
Security guards are always present and are used to control both the guests, and the audience. The guests are normally sat on a stage on chairs, whilst the audience are seated in rows away from the guests, creating an atmosphere of watching a show rather than somewhere where serious issues are being dealt with and debated. This sets up a scene of confrontation-audience versus the guests. Typically guests appear, usually to reveal a secret, a heated discussion develops, and then the fights begin. Chairs are tossed, hair is pulled, and punches are thrown.
The audience at this stage normally eggs the guests on with chants of Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. Anyone invited to be a guest on the show has to know that any news they receive will be bad, such as the lover is gay, a porn star, cheating on them, is not the gender they believed, etc. Guests that appear on the show can be male, female and are from different backgrounds and ethnicity. When guests act particularly outrageously, their problems become fodder for dinner conversations all over America. The guests are famous, but only for their problems, their ugliness, and their insanity-like circus freaks.
Springer, in fact, is referred to as a circus ringmaster. As ringmaster, Springer always makes sure that there is someone who is abused, and who learns of a betrayal and is hurt by the information. This is a key moment in every show. Its no doubt the very formula Springer and executive producer Richard Dominick brainstormed nine years ago. Springer knows how hard to push, though the situations are often so volatile that they require little more than a nudge. The contestants are also clearly aware of their role, and play to the camera without self-consciousness.
At the end of the show jerry normally wishes all the guests the best for the future and then he speaks to the camera and addresses the viewers at home. He shows concern to the way society is behaving and gives a few words of wisdom before ending the show and telling us to take care of yourselves, and each other. Kilroy, an ex British MP, himself comes across as a really caring family man and he never misses an opportunity to mention his grandson and it is obvious from what he says and the way that he says it, he is really proud of his family.
He is really good at changing the subject, or sometimes if things look like they are going to erupt into an argument he is really good at diffusing the situation. Kilroy is a highly professional debate show host, who demonstrates humour, congeniality, compassion and a genuine understanding of the participants in his show, particularly if a sensitive subject is being tackled. Kilroy which is a British show, is screened between 9am and 10am every weekday on BBC1.
This one-hour programme is on every weekday morning at 00am (BBC 1) and has an invited audience of about 100 people. There is a mixture of both male and female and it can be a mixture of different races. The audience are usually well dressed and dont swear. Each morning one particular subject is discussed and by far the majority of these subjects are about some aspect of personal relationships. The show begins with some soft music, which sets a very calm, yet serious atmosphere. Kilroy walks to the middle of the audience and the camera zooms in on him at eye level as he talks.
This angle of shot creates equality, a friendliness between the host and the TV audience. The studio is well lit, clean and quite small and comfortable. The subtle colours of the furniture help to create a very warm comfortable environment, which encourages chat and discussion. The subjects discussed cover a wide range of relationship, social and topical issues and although many themes are revisited, they are often approached from a different angle, but because certain issues will always be popular, it makes sense to cover these subjects at more regular intervals.
Kilroy has the right temperament for this type of show, in that he gives the appearance of being genuinely interested in peoples stories, whilst at the same time being in full control of the debate. He also has the knack of extracting details from people who under normal circumstances would not tell to their dearest friend, but they willingly confide information to a nationally broadcast television programme. He behaves occasionally like a father or a friend.
After Kilroys introduction the first five or ten minutes is normally spent with just one member of the audience, when the subject and their circumstances are discussed in great detail. This normally sets the scene for the whole programme and throughout the programme Kilroy will return to this person, especially if the debate seems to be going off-course. The camera looks down slightly on people with an opposite view whereas an eye level shot is used on Kilroy most of the time. This may be to enforce the idea that he is part of the audience.