"Quality family programming" are only three of the words that come to mind when you hear the phrase Conversations with Michael Eisner.
In this age of television, full of sex and violence, it's good to know that there is still space on the dial for a rapacious ex-executive's irrelevant snoozefest vanity project.
Eisner's talk show premiered last week on CNBC and featured the head Mouseketeer sitting down for a nice oligarch-to-oligarch chat with his pal Martha Stewart. CNBC said that the show "creates the experience of being at a power lunch with the giants of their industries" - assuming that nothing important was discussed at that lunch, and you weren't offered anything to eat.
Eisner's interview style, unfortunately, displayed none of the cutthroat backstabbing verve that he possessed while ruling the Kingdom of Enforced Happiness with an iron fist.
Message to Iron Mike: Your job is to pull the strings, not to spin the yarn. The spectacle of one of the biggest media titans of the past two decades walking weakly down the path of Maury Povich drives home the point that the thrill of the camera is more powerful than the glee of turning Michael Ovitz into mouse food.
3. On the right track