When CNN prepared to launch “Piers Morgan Tonight,” host Morgan and EP Jonathan Wald made a point of highlighting the fact that they would try to pre-tape as many interviews as possible, ensuring meaty interviews and plenty of opportunity to promote them with clips.
They were also completely open to doing live shows, but said they would not do “Live for live’s sake.” Now, nearly six months in, nearly two thirds of Morgan’s shows have been live, including the much-talked-about discussion with Charlie Sheen when the CBS comedy star was the talk of Hollywood for his outbursts.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan uses the Sheen interview to reflect on going live:
Morgan: For sheer live drama excitement and also because by then I’d been getting a bit fed up with the fact that he doesn’t do them all live. Two-thirds of my show so far have been live, and I love live TV. Most of Got Talent ends up being live in the summer. Having Charlie walk in and go live for an hour was electrifying.
THR: How do you make the decision between what goes live and what is taped?