There are several major formats of talk shows. Generally, each subgenre predominates during a specific programming block during the broadcast day.
Breakfast chat or early morning shows that generally alternate between news summaries, political coverage, feature stories, celebrity interviews, and musical performances.
Late morning chat shows that feature two or more hosts or a celebrity panel, and focus on entertainment and lifestyle features.
Daytime talk shows, generally featuring a host, a guest or a panel of guests, and a live audience that interacts extensively with the host and guests. These shows may feature celebrities, political commentators, or “ordinary” people who present unusual or controversial topics.
“Lifestyle” or self-help programs, which generally feature a host or hosts who are medical practitioners, therapists, or counselors, and guests who seek intervention, describe medical or psychological problems, or offer advice.
Late-night talk shows that feature celebrity guests who talk about their work and personal lives as well as their latest films, TV shows, music recordings, or other projects they’d like to promote to the public. The hosts are often comedians who open the shows with comedy monologues.
“Sunday talk” or political discussion shows are a staple of network programming in North America. These shows feature elected political figures and candidates for office, commentators, and journalists.