Look at some of the offerings in a typical week of daytime talk shows: Joan is exploring UFO encounters; Oprah
contemplates people who feel too unattractive to go out in public (Wonder how the guests got to the studio?); Geraldo studies underwear worn as outerwear; Phil, taking a break from brokering the Democratic Convention, discusses the crucial issue of safe sex at orgies; Sally chats about attempted spousal murder. Business as usual. But one show on which you never know what you're going to get is NBC's A Closer Look with Faith Daniels (check local listings). Here's the lineup from a recent week: Should this baby live?; British royal gossip; women who love pornography; installing cameras in high school bathrooms as a deterrent to drug use; making your kids listen. Notice how the tone ricochets between serious social issues and tabloidism? Hey, Faith, here's a suggested topic: talk shows suffering from identity crises.