Welcome to the Dr Morning Glory Show

Published: September 17, 2010
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Morning TV show hosts have been known to talk more than their guests

As the opening music fades out the face of an over-friendly host fills the screen.

Dr. Morning Glory: Hello! Welcome to the  show. I hope all of you are doing great! Today we have a fabulous celebrity guest with us. He has been a model, painter, singer, writer and has also been working as a social activist for the past few years.

*Applause*

Welcome to the show! All our viewers are dying to hear more about you. So let’s start! How did you start modeling?

Random Celebrity X: Actually, I was never a model. In fact…

Dr. Morning Glory: Oh? Never? I thought you were. Didn’t you talk about some modeling assignments recently? Modeling is a very challenging profession. Models need to take care of their looks and weight. The industry demands that they be healthy and the fashion world demands they be slim. They have to maintain a balance. Some models gain weight during their days off because of  unhealthy eating habits. When they do they are dropped from important modeling assignments. They must maintain a strict check on their weight through diet and exercise. These days there is an increasing trend of being ‘size zero’ among models, that makes them anorexic and pale. These health disorders are harmful as they could be life-threatening! What has your experience in the modeling industry been like?

X: Well, I just tweeted that I will model for a company…

Dr. Morning Glory: Exactly! So, that’s what your modeling career is all about? I guess Twitter and other social networks are the best places to discuss upcoming projects and assignments.  Lots of celebrities are making accounts on twitter and other social networks. That way fans come to know a lot about them. You can also stay in touch with your fans via a short status. However, most of these accounts are fakes and have been created by fans who impersonate celebrities. Despite these issues social networks are the best place in cyber world for self-promotion. Plus there is also an issue regarding settings. There should be a system in each social network that can help people to understand the difference between fake and original profiles. Don’t you think? Anyway, a reliable source has informed us that you were not paid for your last job! Is that true?

X: I want to clarify that…

Dr. Morning Glory:That sounds pathetic! Your statements prove that companies don’t pay much. This is shocking! A dilemma of the nation! Celebrities, like us, work hard so hard to provide entertainment to public and yet we are treated badly. We get nothing – nothing – in return! Our hard work is never gets rewarded. In the end, no one remembers. Nations who forget about their celebrities and legends simply can not progress. Most of them are even underrated by public. What a tragedy! Anyway, when did you enter the field?

X: Oh! It was almost eight years when I…

Dr. Morning Glory: That’s right! I know I saw you on television for the first time about eight years ago. But I was not asking about the time. What I was asking about was when you first got struck by inspiration –  the feeling that is associated for every artist. The feeling that comes to mind when doing something great and achieving something wonderful. When did you feel the desire to enter this glamorous field? After all, it is a big decision and mostly parents don’t allow their kids to enter this field. Rather they pressure children to join medicine or engineering. I am sure that you must have gone through all this. This is how art gets wasted in our country! I think parents should support their children in becoming what they want to be instead of forcing them to choose professions of their own choice. Art gets wasted when parents don’t let their children join any photography club, art academy or music school. And talent gets neglected like this. Were you parents like this too?

X: My family was very supportive and cooperative…

Dr. Morning Glory: I so agree with you! Without a family’s support and help no one can succeed in our profession. To enter show business, family and friends have to be cooperative. They must know your nature, needs and requirements as well. They must learn how to cooperate and support you. If you are going for a shoot and no one realizes how important it is then you can never be successful! The biggest support for celebrities comes from their spouses and friends. So tell us, who has been your lifeline?

X: Well,  my biggest inspiration in life comes from…

Dr. Morning Glory: Oh my god we have a live call! Wait? No we don’t. So you were saying that one must be inspired in order to be successful. Everything in the world derives its inspiration from different sources. Some derive it from nature, some from other human beings and some from tragedy. This varies from person to person.  Art, literature, poetry, photography, music, philosophy, nothing happens without inspiration. Art is useless without any true inspiration and depth. But inspiration is not enough – there must be passion as well. Passion along with inspiration makes a good combination. However to be honest, I am surprised by the long list of things that inspire you. Don’t you get tired? Also, inspiration is reflected in an artist’s works. It is like a mirror. Oops! Did you say something?

X: I just coughed…

Dr. Morning Glory: I see. How interesting. Now let’s move on to your writing career.  In your stories you have used word “I” a lot. This “I” culture in writings shows the narcissist attitude in celebrities. And some celebrities tend to show this less considerate kind of attitude at times. It becomes a part of their nature. Some psychologists draw a wide distinction between narcissism and high self-esteem. I am sure people know the difference between the two. Unfortunately, a common man may not be able to judge the difference between the two. For celebrities, a moderate amount of self esteem and self worth is important. Self esteem that is dangerously low or high can create a problem. People with low self esteem show less confidence and courage. There must be a balance.

X: I just wrote a few simple stories…

Dr. Morning Glory: Sounds great! There you have it! Isn’t he modest? This simplicity shows how humble and down to earth you are – an attitude that most people lack these days. At times, simplicity is depicted as being naïve and plain, which is wrong. Being too humble can be a problem too these days though. One must throw a tantrum or show little attitude, otherwise people may start taking you for granted and start expecting a lot from you. Their expectations will just keep on increasing!

Oh no! We are already out time! Its time to bid you all farewell but first I have to than X for sharing his experiences and thoughts on our show. It was great getting to know more about your career and inspirations. Join me next time for another in depth interview with another celebrity!

Sadaf Fayyaz

Sadaf Fayyaz

A freelance journalist, photographer, blogger and writer's take on life, culture, media and everything else.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha

    yak yak – break – yak yak – break – yak yak – break – yak yak

    See you tomorrow!Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha

    Btw,

    Kiran aur George has by far been the most decent morning show until now.Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel

    ROFLMAO!! — Well written… a true depiction to what we “experience” on breakfast!Recommend

  • SS

    these shows are pain in the neck for sure!!!! the aunties with designer clothes get on ur nerves….for sure…..Recommend

  • http://thatis.me/WasiJaved Muhammad Wasif Javed

    I still remembered during my early ages ‘Chacha Jee’ [Mustansar Hussain Tarar’ early morning program on PTV which were really awesome a food of thought for whole family from children to elders but now all morning shows host is doing all the talking without showing & giving respect to invitees.
    I recommend these kind of shows to Law-Enforcement agencies to use these kind a programs as torturing tool for prisoners.Recommend

  • Atiq Rehman

    another ARecommend

  • Syed Muhammad Waqas Shabir

    Lolzzz; Very Interesting and True…Recommend

  • Ghausia

    Sadaf I find it very creepy that just yesterday I was thinking, “Man why doesn’t Sadaf Fayyaz blog more often, she’s always worth a good read” and here you are lol. This was so hilarious and completely true. I tried watching one of these ‘shows’ the host just gave me a headache, so bloody annoying. Why do they talk so much? Don’t they know how much people hate that? They’re the narcissistic ones, only interested in listening to themselves speak!Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Guys………..There are some shows that one really loves watching……Upon remembering words from a senior celeb that why he doesnt attend shows,
    As an artist I refrain from giving interviews especially on TV not because I am stuck up, but because their presentation is very flawed. Starting from basics like the set, the lights, they don’t know how to present someone who could be an achiever. They need to do proper research in the featured artist’s career and personality and ask proper and informative questions based on the research. If they can’t make them look their stature at least don’t make them look bad. I remember there was a certain program on a channel where they were profiling a certain legendary actress and the host, in his stupidity, was asking really dumb questions and just the way he was sitting showed that he actually did not know who she was, hence no respect. Disappointing! .”
    His words made me write this…..Deep irony kind………Recommend

  • maheen usmani

    You’ve hit the nail on the head :)Recommend

  • summaiya

    Enjoyed the contrast in the length of the answers of guest and host.
    Our morning show hosts ought to chk this piece :)Recommend

  • http://www.koolmuzone.com Hamad

    Loved reading that piece. Keep up the work Sadaf.Recommend

  • parvez

    I like reading your write ups, but you stretched this one a little too much, it lost its punch.Recommend

  • saamia Khan

    I wonder what was the purpose in writing this article!Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha

    Btw,

    Kiran aur George has by far been the most decent morning show*Recommend

  • http://ibteda.wordpress.com Sadaf.

    Lol, Wel written Sadaf. Really enjoyed it.Recommend

  • Faiza Javed

    well written piece, when i was reading it all morning shows just pop up, you just pinched right on target…
    i agree with everyone Kiran and George were better among allRecommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    @Sadaf.: Ty
    @maheen usmani: We badly needed it……..
    @Natasha: Did I mention Kiran and geroge? Nope…….Only “some” are like this……….They bore the guest even…..
    @saamia Khan: :P (Whats the purpose of writing humor and sarcasm?”………..if you had read my above comment.,,you would known the purpose……..Recommend

  • something zeeshan

    actually its you who’s stupid miss writer !Recommend

  • afschein

    nyc sadaf….keep it up….there should be someone sensitive enuf to write about lil things v experience daily…..Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha

    Sadaf,

    That was just a general comment. Only some are NOT like that actually. Most of them are trash.Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    I feel a bit wierd now…….In fact It came on the wrong time..Bcz there is sadness after demise of Dr. Farooq…..But still, There are readers who want….(Country is suffereing. problems…and people writing humor…….) and second kind is ( we are bored of suicide, bombings, and serious stories..want light things now..)….Should be a room for both the readers……….Recommend

  • Malik Usman

    Hahaha! Enjoyed reading it, what a true depiction! ;) Recommend

  • foziazafar

    dese morning shows r occasionaly interested otherwise nt worth watching,
    they can be improved by guiding the anchors n producer to stick to the topics,n teach hosts to correct their moves n gestures..few famous female hosts badly need to b trained..mere wearing trendy clothes n makeup dont help them what they r presenting,they should also b trained how to talk or pronounce..few r hyper active n then in a flow they commit blunders,
    Educated ppl with highly educated background must b the hosts of morning shows,with decent personaI I personally liked morning show of marina khan..as she always gave chance to her guests to speak,n she is less glamoures n more graceful.
    Nadia khan show,Shaista wahidi her bro Sahir lodhi shows are the worst..Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    @usman :)
    Agreed………Marina khan was fine…She was less glamorous and more friendly……I meant the last 3 You mentioned shows and on top worst list,,,,,I rem them making fun of some senior guests too……..and mostly about the live calls you find,,,,,”haye , aap ka dress boht khubsurat lag raha hey…” “Host, aaj aap boht achi lag rahi hein”………Kind things………..:((Recommend

  • http://ayesha5.wordpress.com Ayesha

    That was a nice sarcastic piece! I haven’t watched any morning show since long. They bore me. Why? For the exact reason you mentioned it in your blog! :-DRecommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    How can these be improved? I wish if some blogger writes a piece on that too…Recommend

  • Mehwish Hassan

    Yeah in Nadia Khan’s show Pakistani nukes were irresponsibly discussed by the host once,that was a disaster.The programme went on air unchecked. Content based thinking is badly needed for these shows.Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Aaah…….Some aunty is totally after me now after I wrote this post…:) Because she loves watching these shows and praising the hosts like “aap boht achi lag rahi hein..” “meri kamar mein dard rehta hein, please show expert kuch suggest karein…”……..She is like that the shows are helpful……..LOLRecommend

  • http://www.pak-times.com Rubab

    These anchors consider themselves some kind of Deva .. Nadia Khan was trend setter though i partially dislike her mannerism but give devil his due..
    later every channel followed as herd..

    Most of the morning shows are piles of garbage.. and anchors ahhh they better deserve to be RJs as they think they can speak so they should be anchors..

    Sadaf your article reminds me of an Urdu writer can’t recall name probably Pitras Bukhari who has criticized interviewers in satirical manner.
    keep good work up
    kudosRecommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Pitras, Shafique, even Q Hyder criticised badly the bad journalism…….:) bad shows,,,,and stupid interviewers….even I heard Zubeida Tariq saying in an interview of hers….”bchiann seekh jati hein baad mein interview lena………” kind words……she criticised softly………Recommend

  • Noor-ul-aln Hanif

    koooOOOll piece!Recommend