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The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)

The Bonnie Hunt ShowNetwork: first-run syndication
Episodes: 348 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: September 8, 2008 – May 26, 2010
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Nicholas Pike, Nate Morton, Mike Nelson, Reggie Hamilton, and Cheche Alara.

the bonnie hunt show (2008) past TV show

TV show description:
This daytime talk show is hosted by good-natured comedienne, director, producer, and actress Bonnie Hunt. The set is a tribute to Dean Martin and features pictures of Hunt’s dog and family. Guests enter through a door, down the stairs, or sometimes, via the fireman’s pole.

Each episode begins with Hunt entering from offstage to come sit at her desk. She discusses topics of the day and chats with the audience, executive producer Don Lake, and musical director Nicholas Pike and the in-house band (Nate Morton, Mike Nelson, Reggie Hamilton, and Cheche Alara).

On each episode, Hunt welcomes guests — from the music world, on-screen performers, and sometimes everyday folks with something unique to share. Hunt also takes part in various recorded and live, in-studio skits. It’s not uncommon for her to take a trip to the mall or Costco to find out what’s on the minds of regular people and to examine how silly the world can sometimes be.

Recurring segments include webchats with her mom for “Ask Alice;” “Mail from You Guys” in which Hunt answers viewer emails; “Dr. Know It All” features Hunt, Lake and audience volunteers doing improv; teaching audience members how to dance via “Make It Happen;” and “Young People Don’t Know Nothin’” in which Hunt asks young audience members some babyboomer trivia questions.
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Series Finale

Episode 348
Hunt starts the show by thanking the audience and her staff members for their support. She then welcomes Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, who discuss the challenges of raising an autistic child. Brody Jenner (The Hills) also stops by for a chat.

Segments include Hunt taking a trip to the local Costco and audience members competing in a photo caption contest. For the “Feel Good Moment of the Day,” Hunt calls her entire staff onstage to take a bow and say farewell.

To watch clips of the finale, go here.
First aired: May 10, 2010.

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What happened next?

There hasn’t been any news of plans to revive the show.

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Behind the Scenes

The series finale aired on May 10th but weeks of shows were recorded in advance so the last original episode wasn’t shown until May 26, 2010.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Peggy September 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I have been looking for your show on the network and wondered if it got cancelled. So sorry to hear that it was. It was on the same time here in North Florida as Ellen. I love you both but your show was a little different and down to earth. I loved it!!!
I will miss you Bonnie!!!

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Connie September 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

Bonnie, I can’t believe they cancelled you. They leave on some of these stupid shows and take off shows like yours that are so refreshing to watch. I looked forward to watching you every morning. Lets hope they come to their senses and put you back on. I really going to miss not seeing you every day. Good Luck in the future, Connie

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Amy Quinney June 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

I am really in mourning over your show being canceled, Bonnie! You are like a best friend. I was always in sync with you, and appreciated you as a person, not just an entertainer. I am watching the reruns, but they will end, and I will be doubly sad. I feel this big black hole enlarging as I look toward the dreaded day when you won’t be here (on my TV) anymore. We all “fell in love” with you! Your values are my values and that felt so good. If we could all reinforce those values, the world would be a really wonderful place. I feel like someone ripped my heart out. (Now, I know that sounds like something a teenager would say, but it really hurts to lose you.) I hope you get a program on another station. You are inspirational as well as being like a “best friend”. I share your love of animals…adore your mother…and have always wanted to visit the show in person. Now my hopes are dashed. I’m not a teenage or a lonely housewife…I’m a 67 year old retired teacher who has a packed schedule of volunteer work, so I record your program every day and watch it in the evening. I will miss you and your crew so much! I am truly very sad! I will be looking for your revival on another station…PLEASE!
Your adoring fan! Amy

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