Give Dick Cavett A Show

When I was a teenager, maybe 16, 17, I used to watch reruns of the Dick Cavett Show on VH1.  This was in the late middle 90’s.  George Harrison, Paul Simon, those kinds of guests.  There always seemed to be something slightly subversive about Cavett’s nerdy cool and nervous, low-key way.

Check this episode out from 1981.  John Updike and John Cheever are the guests.  What happened to this kind of television?