Orson Welles nearly had a talk show, once.
And this is the first two minutes of the unsold pilot:
What’s impressive is how lively and cinematic it feels, with the camera truly capturing an audience-level point of view; given how much Welles contributed to the reinvention of film, it’s incredible to imagine what he would have done to television had he had a shot.
Also worth watching — a eerily re-edited snippet of Welles interviewing Muppets creator Jim Henson.
Lesson learned: Everything is more dramatic when Orson Welles says it.