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'Piers Morgan': Big can of kiss-up

Oprah played him like a violin.

'Piers Morgan': Big can of kiss-up

When Piers Morgan said he wanted to have fun on CNN, he clearly meant it. The man who starting tonight replaced Larry King at 9 p.m. seemed positively giddy in the interview he taped with Oprah Winfrey nearly two weeks ago in what looked like a hotel suite (whose potted plants got as many closeups as the interview subject). And Oprah? Played him like a violin, even suggesting (and answering) a softball he hadn't pitched. Pre-taped interviews are meant to be a staple of "Piers Morgan Tonight," whose host thinks "live" means "hard to promote," but if tonight's is any indication, live might be, well, livelier. Tomorrow, Morgan follows Oprah -- whom he compared to the queen of England -- with King of All Media Howard Stern, in what looks more like a TV studio. Here's hoping that's fun for someone other than Morgan and Stern.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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