Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Veteran "gonzo" journalist and confrontational talkshow host Geraldo Rivera was back in syndication for this daily, half-hour newsmagazine, designed to replaced A Current Affair in most markets. Not dissimilar to Rivera's previous cable series on CNBC and Fox News Channel, Geraldo at Large dealt with hot-button current-event issues, heart-tugging human-interest stories, and exposes of corruption and other abuses of the public trust. Taped "live" each day at 4PM EST, then beamed out via satellite to local markets, the series took full advantage of late-breaking news stories, allowing Rivera not only to offer his up-to-the-minute perspective (which he described as "hard news" rather than commentary), but also in many cases affording viewers their first glimpses of the people involved in those stories. Produced for Fox's news division by Roger Ailes, who'd recently assumed control of all Fox-owned TV stations, the series also featured a number of that service's top correspondents, notably Laurie Dhue. Geraldo at Large debuted October 31, 2005.