Doherty Get a Wrong Number While “Phoning It In” on the Late Show with David Letterman — September 4, 2008Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Shannen Doherty made quite the first impression on Dave Letterman recently…an impression that started before she had even entered the building. Prior to her actual appearance on the show, Dave and Paul watched video of Doherty exiting her car and crossing to sign autographs for fans. Cameras captured her every move, from her short, shiny dress glinting in the sun to her high heels with the red soles, as wolfishly commented on by Dave and Paul in the slow-mo replay. Unfortunately, first impressions don’t always lead to good second impressions or good interviews. Doherty wasn’t as “put together” this night as is necessary for a successful appearance on the Late Show. The look and prep that guests put into hair, make-up and fashion goes a long way on Dave’s turf. Perhaps, a long day of promotion in New York may have taken its toll.
(Note to publicist: I know schedules are tight and big apple hotel rooms mid-week prices are high, but isn’t a good appearance on Letterman worth one more night in town? – she must at least be getting a decent per diem from the CW based on the money they’re saving on Tori!)
Dave and Doherty did chat about her new show, redux 90210, so she achieved that goal. However, while she did have a few funny stories and retorts (several revolving around shoes), overall she was trying too way hard to be provocative. You got the feeling she had planned the “spontaneous” moments and even though Dave helped when he could, she couldn’t quite pull it off. Maybe that’s why she hasn’t been on the show in 13 years.
Doherty needs to learn to lighten up, get a little more rest, and be herself. That would leave the right kind of lasting impression.