Real Life with Jane Pauley
Real Life with Jane Pauley seems to have been presented as an answer to both critics and members of the general public to the frequently-repeated viewpoint that "television news never seems to show anything positive". Real Life focused on positive, human interest-type stories and occasional celebrity profiles. Jane Pauley also presented less uplifting but still-lightweight features as well, such as a feature focusing on how less than 20% of the people who owned VCRs at the time actually knew how to program them. Boyd Matson was also featured as a correspondent; his reports featured stories on out of the way places.
Real Life with Jane Pauley began as an hour-long program aired on Tuesday nights in the summer of 1990. It was put on hiatus in September of that year, returning in January 1991 as a mid-season replacement. At this time it was reduced to a half hour, the length it was to remain throughout the balance of its run. The last broadcast was on November 1, 1991.
- Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows
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