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'Backchat' was a Cool Show with Jeff Probst

  • Apr 5, 2010

Back in the mid 1990s there was a neat little show on the new FX network called Backchat.  It had a quirky and energetic host named Jeff Probst.  Yes, the Survivor Jeff Probst.  He led this show for a couple of years.  The premise for the show was to read viewer mail and email live on the air.  There was no texting back then, so no text messages.  To get onto the show you had to send them something praising the FX network in some way. 

I thought it was a pretty entertaining show with the viewer not knowing what was going to be shown or said live every episode.  Add that with Jeff Probst's personality and the writers it made for a show to watch.

Well, one the segments of the show was "Visual of the Day". These were photos or drawings that had something to do with the network FX or Backchat which were sent in by viewers. One day, back in 1995, I was apparently bored.  I decided to draw something and submit it to the show.  A couple of weeks later, you guessed it, my drawing was selected and was featured on the show.  The video of it is below.

I will start off by saying that yes I know my drawing I did was pretty bad. I did it as a goof and I never thought it would be on the show. I did it with colored pencils in about 30 minutes. The video is a bit of foreshadowing.  I now am pursuing a career as a graphic designer.  Needless to say, my work now has improved.

Almost as funny as my drawing is Jeff Probst fifteen years ago with that hair.  Good stuff.  Am I the only one who saw this show? 

I hope you enjoyed the video.  I know I do.


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April 10, 2010
I don't remember this show, but whoa at Jeff Probst with that hair and that... outfit! So that's your claim to fame (besides your Lunch communities, of course ;) Thanks for sharing, Clay!
April 12, 2010
Not many would have seen or remember this show, I think. Only four people saw the original airing probably. I'm sure Jeff Probst would be thrilled to see the video. Thanks.
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Backchat was a half-hour television show on FX which ran through the mid 1990s right after the network's inception. Hosted by Jeff Probst (Survivor), the show consisted of him and two designated letter-readers reading viewer letters and responding on air. At the time, FX's gimmick was the FX Apartment, which the hosts of various TV shows (such as Breakfast Time and Sound FX) would use as a set. Also part of this gimmick was a very high level of interaction with viewers via their letters and e-mails, hence the TV show.

Probst has commented that later in the show's run, he and the writers simply made up letters due to a drought of letters, and that none of the audience was ever able to tell the difference. Backchat was ultimately cancelled as the FX Apartment gimmick was dropped and the network shifted into a secondary network for Fox.

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